Just in case you couldn’t read the hymns in the picture in the last post, this is hymn to Herakles I wrote:
by Amanda Artemisia Forrestter
Sing, O lovely Muses of Helikon,
Of Herakles, the lion-hearted.
Son of Zeus, called Hercules by the Romans
Child of the mighty King of the Gods
By Alkmene, mortal Queen.
Seemingly hated, so the poets say,
By Hera, Queen of Olympos.
Herakles endured slavery,
Not only survived,
Twelve Labors, twelve impossible tasks
Contrived by the cow-eyed Lady of Argos.
Greater then any mortal was He
A service to many nations
Ridding the world of primal monsters.
On His fiery death-bed Herakles ascended
Shedding His mortality
And becoming One with the Immortal Gods.
Hera, Who had tested Him,
Who had driven Him,
Who had made Him great,
Welcomed Him as a Son
And gave Him Her daughter Hebe for a wife.
Herakles, Hercules, lion-hearted Son of Zeus,
I sing Your praises
You Who gives strength and perseverance
Tested by Hera, and rewarded with immortality.
Herakles, great hero, shows us the way to ascension
The road to Olympos is a rocky one
Paved with many trials
Herakles, God of courage,
Blesses us with strength and perseverance
And gives us hope.
Hail, Herakles, son of Zeus,
Who wears the lion-pelt.
I will remember you in another song.