before ocean and

earth began before

skies had overspread

them all face

of nature in

vast expanse was

naught but chaos

uniformly waste it

was rude and

undeveloped mass that

nothing made except

ponderous weight and

all discordant elements

confused were there

congested in shapeless

heap in nova

fert animus mutatas

dicere formas corpora

di coeptis nam

vos mutastis et

illas adspirate meis

primaque ab origine

mundi ad mea

perpetuum deducite tempora