You Stand Strong
By Amanda Artemisia Forrester
O mighty head-born daughter of Zeus
Virgin Goddess, chaste purity incarnate
Lady of both war and peace
Truly You are the greatest Goddess of the Greeks!
For not even fierce Ares can defeat You in battle
And Your crafts are equal to those of Hephaistos, the Divine Smith
Your beauty rivals queenly Hera’s and golden Aphrodite’s
Though You keep Your heart to Yourself
And decline to give Yourself in love to man or God.
Your power pervades the lives of all who reside in the city, Your sacred sphere
Goddess of governments and courts, market-places and homes,
Defender of all these places, You stand strong, lance in hand
Ready to defeat any enemy who dares to threaten Your people
Lady of Athens, stand with me in my own battles.
Though I do not carry a sword, or a gun
I must fight just the same.
Lend me Your strength, Your clear bright mind
Spread Your protective aegis over my shoulders
And let all who oppose me
See Your power, Your spirit
Flashing in my own determined eyes