The Hero’s Satirical Praise
Oh mighty hero wandering far and wide,
Protector of the innocent and counsel of the wise.
You have strengths if your wit fails,
Your indulgent words masks your truths.
Herakles*, oh, Herakles, one who shames men,
Your odysseys ring out without false praise.
You, favored son of Zeus and king amongst kings,
Faultless, you are, always so just.
With courage, so bold, you heed not cautions,
Bearing your fists against monstrous foes.
You need no help, not even from your kin,
One man alone feels the warm glow of fame.
As you slash your way and sail the globe,
Your brilliance and seafaring skills save your crew.
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