"Then there was neither Aught nor Nought, no air no sky beyond.
What covered all? Where rested all? In watery gulf profound?
Nor death was then, nor deathlessness, nor change of night and day.
That one breathed calmly, self-sustained; nor else beyond it lay.
Gloom hid in gloom existed first - one sea, eluding view.
That One, a void in chaos wrapt, by inward fervour grew.
Within it first arose desire, the primal germ of mind,
Which nothing with existance links, as sages searching find.
The kindling ray that shot across the dark and drear abyss -
What is beneath? or high aloft? What bard can answer this?
There fecundating powers were found, and mighty forces strove -
A self-supporting mass beneath, and energy above.
Who knows, who ever told, from whence this vast creation rose?
No gods had then been born - who then can e'er the thruth disclose?
Whence sprang this world, and whether framed by hand divine or no -
Its Lord in heaven alone can tell, if even he can show."