ῥηιδίως ἄγρην κυδρὴ θεὸς ὤπασε πολλήν, ῥεῖα δ’ ἀφείλετο φαινομένην, ἐθέλουσά γε θυμῷ. ἐσθλὴ δ’ ἐν σταθμοῖσι σὺν Ἑρμῇ ληίδ’ ἀέξειν· 445βουκολίας τ’ ἀγέλας τε καὶ αἰπόλια πλατέ’ αἰγῶν ποίμνας τ’ εἰροπόκων ὀίων, θυμῷ γ’ ἐθέλουσα, ἐξ ὀλίγων βριάει κἀκ πολλῶν μείονα θῆκεν. οὕτω τοι καὶ μουνογενὴς ἐκ μητρὸς ἐοῦσα πᾶσι μετ’ ἀθανάτοισι τετίμηται γεράεσσι. 450θῆκε δέ μιν Κρονίδης κουροτρόφον, οἳ μετ’ ἐκείνην ὀφθαλμοῖσιν ἴδοντο φάος πολυδερκέος Ἠοῦς. οὕτως ἐξ ἀρχῆς κουροτρόφος, αἳ δέ τε τιμαί.
Ῥείη δὲ δμηθεῖσα Κρόνῳ τέκε φαίδιμα τέκνα, Ἱστίην Δήμητρα καὶ Ἥρην χρυσοπέδιλον, 455ἴφθιμόν τ’ Ἀίδην, ὃς ὑπὸ χθονὶ δώματα ναίει νηλεὲς ἦτορ ἔχων, καὶ ἐρίκτυπον Ἐννοσίγαιον, Ζῆνά τε μητιόεντα, θεῶν πατέρ’ ἠδὲ καὶ ἀνδρῶν, τοῦ καὶ ὑπὸ βροντῆς πελεμίζεται εὐρεῖα χθών. καὶ τοὺς μὲν κατέπινε μέγας Κρόνος, ὥς τις ἕκαστος 460νηδύος ἐξ ἱερῆς μητρὸς πρὸς γούναθ’ ἵκοιτο, τὰ φρονέων, ἵνα μή τις ἀγαυῶν Οὐρανιώνων ἄλλος ἐν ἀθανάτοισιν ἔχοι βασιληίδα τιμήν. πεύθετο γὰρ Γαίης τε καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος οὕνεκά οἱ πέπρωτο ἑῷ ὑπὸ παιδὶ δαμῆναι, 465καὶ κρατερῷ περ ἐόντι, Διὸς μεγάλου διὰ βουλάς. τῷ ὅ γ’ ἄρ’ οὐκ ἀλαοσκοπιὴν ἔχεν, ἀλλὰ δοκεύων
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the loud-sounding Earth-shaker,24 the illustrious goddess easily bestows a big haul of fish, and easily she takes it away once it has been seen, if she so wishes in her spirit. And she is good in the stables at increasing the livestock together with Hermes; and the herds and droves of cattle, and the broad flocks of goats and the flocks of woolly sheep, if in her spirit she so wishes, from a few she strengthens them and from many she makes them fewer. And so, even though she is an only child from her mother, she is honored with privileges among all the immortals. And Cronus’ son made her the nurse of all the children who after her see with their eyes the light of much-seeing Dawn. Thus since the beginning she is a nurse, and these are her honors.
(453) Rhea, overpowered by Cronus, bore him splendid children, Hestia, Demeter, and golden-sandaled Hera, and powerful Hades, who dwells in mansions beneath the earth and has a pitiless heart, and the loud-sounding Earth-shaker and the counselor Zeus, the father of gods and of men, by whose thunder the broad earth is shaken. Great Cronus would swallow these down as each one came from his mother’s holy womb to her knees, mindful lest anyone else of Sky’s illustrious children should have the honor of kingship among the immortals. For he had heard from Earth and starry Sky that, mighty though he was, he was destined to be overpowered by a child of his, through the plans of great Zeus. For this reason, then, he held no unseeing watch, but observed closely, and swallowed