1. THEN was not non-existent
nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it.
What covered in, and where? and what gave
shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?
2 Death was not then, nor was
there aught immortal: no sign was there, the day's and night's divider.
That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own
nature: apart from it was nothing whatsoever.
3 Darkness there was: at first
concealed in darknew this All was indiscriminated chaos.
All that existed then was void and form less:
by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit.
4 Thereafter rose Desire in
the beginning, Desire, the primal seed and germ of Spirit.
Sages who searched with their heart's thought
discovered the existent's kinship in the non-existent.
5 Transversely was their
severing line extended: what was above it then, and what below it?
There were begetters, there were mighty forces,
free action here and energy up yonder
6 Who verily knows and who can
here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation?
TheGods are later than this world's production.
Who knows then whence it first came into being?
7 He, the first origin of this
creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it,
Whose eye controls this world in highest
heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.