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Hesiod Bilingual Anthology : GENESIS

from Hesiod's Theogony, * Lines 116-138, 736-806, * Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Greek Fonts

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And there, all in their order, are the sources and ends of gloomy earth and misty Tartarus and the unfruitful sea and starry heaven, loathsome and dank, which even the gods abhor. 

It is a great gulf, and if once a man were within the gates, he would not reach the floor until a whole year had reached its end, but cruel blast upon blast would carry him this way and that. And this marvel is awful even to the deathless gods.

There stands the awful home of murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus stands immovably upholding the wide heaven upon his head and unwearying hands, where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze: and while the one is about to go down into the house, the other comes out at the door, and the house never holds them both within; but always one is without the house passing over the earth, while the other stays at home and waits until the time for her journeying come; and the one holds all-seeing light for them on earth, but the other holds in her arms Sleep the brother of Death, even evil Night, wrapped in a vaporous cloud.

Ἔνθα δὲ γῆς δνοφερῆς καὶ ταρτάρου ἠερόεντος πόντου τ΄ ἀτρυγέτοιο καὶ οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος ἑξείης πάντων πηγαὶ καὶ πείρατ΄ ἔασιν͵ ἀργαλέ΄ εὐρώεντα͵ τά τε στυγέουσι θεοί περ· 

χάσμα μέγ΄͵ οὐδέ κε πάντα τελεσφόρον εἰς ἐνιαυτὸν οὖδας ἵκοιτ΄͵ εἰ πρῶτα πυλέων ἔντοσθε γένοιτο͵ ἀλλά κεν ἔνθα καὶ ἔνθα φέροι πρὸ θύελλα θυέλλης ἀργαλέη· δεινὸν δὲ καὶ ἀθανάτοισι θεοῖσι.

[τοῦτο τέρας· καὶ Νυκτὸς ἐρεμνῆς οἰκία δεινὰ ἕστηκεν νεφέλῃς κεκαλυμμένα κυανέῃσι.] τῶν πρόσθ΄ Ἰαπετοῖο πάις ἔχει οὐρανὸν εὐρὺν ἑστηὼς κεφαλῇ τε καὶ ἀκαμάτῃσι χέρεσσιν ἀστεμφέως͵ ὅθι Νύξ τε καὶ Ἡμέρη ἆσσον ἰοῦσαι ἀλλήλας προσέειπον ἀμειβόμεναι μέγαν οὐδὸν χάλκεον· ἡ μὲν ἔσω καταβήσεται͵ ἡ δὲ θύραζε ἔρχεται͵ οὐδέ ποτ΄ ἀμφοτέρας δόμος ἐντὸς ἐέργει͵ ἀλλ΄ αἰεὶ ἑτέρη γε δόμων ἔκτοσθεν ἐοῦσα γαῖαν ἐπιστρέφεται͵ ἡ δ΄ αὖ δόμου ἐντὸς ἐοῦσα μίμνει τὴν αὐτῆς ὥρην ὁδοῦ͵ ἔστ΄ ἂν ἵκηται· ἡ μὲν ἐπιχθονίοισι φάος πολυδερκὲς ἔχουσα͵ ἡ δ΄ Ὕπνον μετὰ χερσί͵ κασίγνητον Θανάτοιο͵ Νὺξ ὀλοή͵ νεφέλῃ κεκαλυμμένη ἠεροειδεῖ. 

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