To Okeanos


Mark Andrew Holmes

Hail, Okeanos, Lord of all the Waters!

The great world-girdling sea is yours,

And the lakes, rivers and streams, those are yours as well,

And yours, too, are the pools and fountains;

Wedded are you to fruitful Tethys of the winged brow, the queen of rain-clouds.

Nourishing waters you distribute across the earth,

And the celestial bodies which rise from and set into your waters,

Those are yours to regulate, O Okeanos.

You did not join in the overthrow of your father Ouranos,

Nor did you take up arms against the gods of Olympus;

From you have risen the seed of all the immortals.

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