This I learnt among mortal men as the greatest wonder
That there was neither the earth nor the heaven above
Nor was there any tree nor mountain
Neither any star at all, nor did the sun shine
Nor the moon gleam, nor was there the glorious sea.
When there was nothing, no ending and no limits,
(Cum nullus esset rerum aut aditus aut exitus,)
There was the One Almighty God
(unicus erat Deus omnipotens / der allmachtige Gott)
Of all beings the greatest in grace, and many with him,
Good spirits, and God is holy.
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