64. Ὕμνος Νόμου.
Hymn to Nomos
Ἀθανάτων καλέω καὶ θνητῶν ἁγνὸν ἄνακτα,
I call the ruler of immortals and virtuous mortals,
οὐράνιον Νόμον, ἀστροθέτην, σφραγῖδα δικαίαν
Heavenly Nomos, star placer, seal of Dike’s justice.
πόντου τ’ εἰναλίου καὶ γῆς, φύσεως τὸ βέβαιον
From Pontos’ seas to Ge’s physics, nature’s firm foundation.
ἀκλινὲς ἀστασίαστον ἀεὶ τηροῦντα νόμοισιν,
Unbiased, upright, impartial, eternal guardian of law.
οἷσιν ἄνωθε φέρων μέγαν οὐρανὸν αὐτὸς ὁδεύει,
Bearing from on high mighty Ouranos’ autonomous journeys,
καὶ φθόνον οὐ δίκαιον ῥοίζου τρόπον ἐκτὸς ἐλαύνει
And begrudging not Dike’s hurtling turns forged externally,
ὃς καὶ θνητοῖσιν βιοτῆς τέλος ἐσθλὸν ἐγείρει·
And in mortals’ lives complete goodness awakening.
αὐτὸς γὰρ μοῦνος ζώιων οἴακα κρατύνει
Autonomously generating alone eternal life’s guiding rules,
γνώμαις ὀρθοτάταισι συνών, ἀδιάστροφος αἰεί,
Wise, upright impositions in concert with unswerving eternity.
ὠγύγιος, πολύπειρος, ἀβλάπτως πᾶσι συνοικῶν
Ogygios’ many trials inviolate for all who dwell as one.
τοῖς νομίμοις, ἀνόμοις δὲ φέρων κακότητα βαρεῖαν.
For then, in accordance with law, bearing lawlessness extends evil deeply.
ἀλλά, μάκαρ, πάντιμε, φερόλβιε, πᾶσι ποθεινέ,
So, blessed, all-honored bearer of whole lives all long for,
εὐμενὲς ἦτορ ἔχων μνήμην σέο πέμπε, φέριστε.
Gracious counselor, heart’s foundation, remembering what thou sent, bring what stands.
 Ouranos is the immortal God of the heavens.
 Nomos is the immortal God of law and established custom, the father of the Goddess Dike.
Nomos defines the parameters of things in nature and human behavior, literally “tipping-point of (Ν) + entity (ό) + medium-of (μ) + entity (ο) + ν.”
Things are known and identified as according to their nomos.
 Dike is the immortal Goddess of justice.
 Pontos is the immortal God of the sea. http://www.theoi.com/Protogenos/Pontos.html
 Ge is the immortal Goddess of generative earth.
 Phusis is the immortal Goddess of physics/nature.
 Ogygios is called the first king of Attica (Thebes) whose people came from the earth itself, that is, did not move from elsewhere. Reference to Ogygios (“of the Earth/Ge”) implies primordial, primal, from earliest times.
Nonnos, Dionysiaca 3 (trans. Rouse) describes how Ogygos pierced through the surface of the first of three floods:
 Ogygos made proof of the first roaring deluge, as he cut the air through the highclimbing waters, when all the earth was hidden under the flood, when the tops of the Thessalian rocks were covered, when the summit of the Pythian rock near the clouds on high was bathed in the snow-cooled flood. There was a second deluge, when tempestuous waters covered the circuit of the round earth in a furious flood, when all mortal men [sic] perished, and Deucalion alone with his mate Pyrrha in a hollow ark cutting the swirling flood of infinite deluge went on his eddying voyage through the air turned water.
 When the third time rain from Zeus flooded the solid earth and covered the hills, and even the unwetted slopes of Sithonia with Mount Athos itself, then Dardanos, cutting through the stream of the uplifted flood, landed on the ancient mountain of Ida his neighbour.