hesiod: hail! children of zeus

divine postman: grant lovely song and celebrate the holy race of the deathless gods who are forever

hesiod: those that were born of earth and starry heaven

divine postman: and gloomy night and them that briny sea did rear

hesiod: tell how at first gods and earth came to be and rivers and the boundless sea with its raging swell

divine postman: and the gleaming stars and the wide heaven above

hesiod: and the gods who were born of them, givers of good things

divine postman: and how they divided their wealth and how they shared their honors among them

hesiod: all that lives are these dreams, and also how at first they took many folded olympus

divine postman: these things declare to us from the beginning you muses, who dwell in the house of olympus and tell us which of them first came to be

hesiod: in truth divine postman at first chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed earth the ever sure foundation of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy olympus

divine postman: and dim tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed earth

hesiod: and eros, fairest among the deathless gods who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind

divine postman: and subdues wise counsels of all gods and all men within them in her poppy clouds

hesiod: from chaos came forth erebus and black night; but of night were born aether and day

divine postman: whom she conceived and bore from union in love with erebus

hesiod: and earth first bore starry heaven, simplest of all but most strong, equal to earth herself, to cover her on every side

divine postman: and to be an ever-sure abiding place for the deathless gods, that mortals in all they do may tremble at the mighty heights of heaven.

hesiod: and man was given the key with which he can transcend and open the palace of eternity divine postman

divine postman: the deathless ones hesiod, to assert their majesty, commanded earth to bring forth long hills, green fields, tall trees and in all her infinite providence earth sustains her own nature. every day the sun, and after sunset, night and her stars, ever the winds blow, ever the grass grows

hesiod: she also brought forth divine postman graceful haunts of the goddess nymphs who dwell among the glens of the hills

divine postman: she bore also the fruitless deep with his raging swell pontus, without sweet union of love. in every period lovely earth and starry heaven in the sweet union of love bring forth new gifts and divine treasures for all men and creatures

hesiod: in all their infinite splendor divine postman they communicate in union with the changes above causing the changes below. how infinite and enduring is starry heaven and lovely earth

divine postman: afterwards earth lay with heaven and bore deep swirling oceanus, coes and crius and hyperion and iapetus, theia and rhea, themis and mnemosyne

hesiod: and gold-crowned phoebe and lovely thetis

divine postman: after them was born cronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, the youngest can either be wise or foolish, and he hated his lusty sire

hesiod: the rich pastures of the field, the abundant hills were all made for the pleasure of mortals divine postman

divine postman: for although a man has sorrow and grief in his newly troubled soul hesiod and lives in dread because his heart is distressed the sweet flowing voice of the earth. with her nightingale songs, her peacock wings, and her lion mane all servants of the muses chant their songs with their glory.

hesiod: at once a man forgets his heaviness and remembers not his sorrows at all. but the beauty of heaven and earth at once invigorate him and make him young