calymnosprayerbook

A history of Mother Night, in prayer format

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Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundations of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth…
… From Chaos came forth Erebus (Darkness) and black Nyx (Night); but of Night were born Aether (Atmosphere) and Hemera (Day), whom she conceived and bore from union in love with Erebus…. Hypnos (Sleep), Morpheus (Dreams), and Thanatos (Death) followed from the union…
…Also deadly Night by herself bore Nemesis (Indignation) to afflict mortal men, and after her, Apate (Deceit) and Philotes (Friendship) and hateful Geras (Old age), Moros (Doom), hard-hearted Eris (Discord)…
…Feared among men are the daughters of Nyx, the Moirai (Fates) , Clotho, Lachesis, and Atrpsos, who spin, measure and shear the thread of life… and then she bore the Erinyes (Furies) who pursue the transgressors of both men and gods…
… For a brazen anvil falling down from heaven nine nights and days would reach the earth upon the tenth: and again, a brazen anvil falling from earth nine nights and days would reach Tartarus upon the tenth. Round it runs a fence of bronze, and night spreads in triple line all about it like a neck-circlet, while above grow the roots of the earth and unfruitful sea…
…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. There stands the awful home of murky Night wrapped in dark clouds, 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 there the children of dark Night have their dwellings…

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