1. The Glory of all things is God, Godhead and Godly Nature. Source of the things that
are is God, who is both Mind and Nature - yea Matter, the Wisdom that reveals all things.
Source [too] is Godhead - yea Nature, Energy, Necessity, and End, and Making-new-again.
Darkness that knew no bounds was in Abyss, and Water [too] and subtle Breath
intelligent; these were by Power of God in Chaos.
Then Holy Light arose; and there collected 'neath Dry Space <literally:
"sand"> from out Moist Essence Elements; and all the Gods do separate things
out from fecund Nature.
2. All things being undefined and yet unwrought, the light things were assigned unto
the height, the heavy ones had their foundations laid down underneath the moist part of
Dry Space, the universal things being bounded off by Fire and hanged in Breath to keep
And Heaven was seen in seven circles; its Gods were visible in forms of stars with all
their signs; while Nature had her members made articulate together with the Gods in her.
And [Heaven's] periphery revolved in cyclic course, borne on by Breath of God.
3. And every God by his own proper power brought forth what was appointed him. Thus
there arose four-footed beasts, and creeping things, and those that in the water dwell,
and things with wings, and everything that beareth seed, and grass, and shoot of every
flower, all having in themselves seed of again-becoming.
And they selected out the births of men for gnosis of the works of God and attestation
of the energy of Nature; the multitude of men for lordship over all beneath the heaven and
gnosis of its blessings, that they might increase in increasing and multiply in multitude,
and every soul infleshed by revolution of the Cyclic Gods, for observation of the marvels
of Heaven and Heaven's Gods' revolution, and of the works of God and energy of Nature, for
tokens of its blessings, for gnosis of the power of God, that they might know the fates
that follow good and evil [deeds] and learn the cunning work of all good arts.
4. [Thus] there begins their living and their growing wise, according to the fate
appointed by the revolution of the Cyclic Gods, and their deceasing for this end.
And there shall be memorials mighty of their handiworks upon the earth, leaving dim
trace behind when cycles are renewed.
For every birth of flesh ensouled, and of the fruit of seed, and every handiwork,
though it decay, shall of necessity renew itself, both by the renovation of the Gods and
by the turning-round of Nature's rhythmic wheel.
For that whereas the Godhead is Nature's ever-making-new-again the cosmic mixture,
Nature herself is also co-established in that Godhead.