Orphic Hymn 2 — TO NIGHT [NYX]

Night [Nyx], parent goddess, source of sweet repose, from whom at first both Gods and men arose,
Hear, blessed 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.
In this hymn, Nyx is addressed as being one of the sources of Gods and men as well as being the dissolver of cares. She is portrayed as being a benevolent deity who people have wrongly feared because of the things that dwell in the night. The division of day and night is described as being “by Fate’s decree” and because of “dire Necessity” due to of the mortal need for sleep. She is described as being decked with stars and being shadowy but as she is a primordial Goddess there is not the same kind of description of her than is found of other Goddesses.
It is interesting that in the Hellenistic period (when this hymn was originally written) that Nyx is described as “riding round the earth” showing that, at least in this period, there was some inkling of the Earth being round instead of flat, although there is still an earth-centered view of the Universe.

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