Hymns & Music of Ancient Greeks - Ορφικός Ύμνος Νυκτός (English translation)

Greek (classical)

Ορφικός Ύμνος Νυκτός

Νύκτα θεῶν γενέτειραν ἀείσομαι ἠδὲ καὶ ἀνδρῶν.
[Νὺξ γένεσις πάντων, ἣν καὶ Κύπριν καλέσωμεν]
κλῦθι, μάκαιρα θεά, κυαναυγής, ἀστεροφεγγής,
ἡσυχίηι χαίρουσα καὶ ἠρεμίηι πολυύπνωι,
εὐφροσύνη, τερπνή, φιλοπάννυχε, μῆτερ ὀνείρων,
ληθομέριμν' ἀγαθή τε πόνων ἀνάπαυσιν ἔχουσα,
ὑπνοδότειρα, φίλη πάντων, ἐλάσιππε, νυχαυγής,
ἡμιτελής, χθονία ἠδ' οὐρανία πάλιν αὐτή,
ἐγκυκλία, παίκτειρα διώγμασιν ἠεροφοίτοις,
ἣ φάος ἐκπέμπεις ὑπὸ νέρτερα καὶ πάλι φεύγεις
εἰς Ἀίδην∙ δεινὴ γὰρ ἀνάγκη πάντα κρατύνει.
νῦν σε, μάκαιρα, καλῶ, πολυόλβιε, πᾶσι ποθεινή,
εὐάντητε, κλύουσα ἱκετηρίδα φωνὴν
ἔλθοις εὐμενέουσα, φόβους δ' ἀπόπεμπε νυχαυγεῖς.
Submitted by Higgs Boson on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 11:32
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English translation

Orphic Hymn to Nyx

Night [Nyx], parent goddess, source of sweet repose,
from whom at first both Gods and men arose,
Hear, blessed Venus [Kypris], deck'd with starry light,
in sleep's deep silence dwelling Ebon night!
Dreams and soft case attend thy dusky train,
pleas'd with the length'ned gloom and feaftful strain.
Dissolving anxious care, the friend of Mirth,
with darkling coursers riding round the earth.
Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play,
whose drowsy pow'r divides the nat'ral day:
By Fate's decree you constant send the light
to deepest hell, remote from mortal sight.
For dire Necessity which nought withstands,
invests the world with adamantine bands.
Be present, Goddess, to thy suppliant's pray'r,
desir'd by all, whom all alike revere,
Blessed, benevolent, with friendly aid
dispell the fears of Twilight's dreadful shade.
“Tʜᴇ ᴏɴʟʏ ᴡᴀʏ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴀʟ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀɴ ᴜɴғʀᴇᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ɪs ᴛᴏ ʙᴇᴄᴏᴍᴇ sᴏ ᴀʙsᴏʟᴜᴛᴇʟʏ ғʀᴇᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴇxɪsᴛᴇɴᴄᴇ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴀᴄᴛ ᴏғ ʀᴇʙᴇʟʟɪᴏɴ.”
↳ A. Cᴀᴍᴜs
Submitted by Higgs Boson on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 11:37
Author's comments:

According to Hesiod, one of the primordial cosmogenic Greek deities, Nyx, was born out of Chaos and then after her union with her brother, Erebus, Aether and Hemera were created.

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