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Goddesses of the nether world and unconquered beast [1570] whose lair lies in the gates of many guests, you untamable Watcher of Hades, snarling from the cavern's jaws, as rumor has always told! Hear me, Death, son of Earth and Tartarus! [1575] May that Watcher leave a clear path for the stranger on his way to the nether fields of the dead! To you I call, giver of the eternal sleep.

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