A secret of secrets for those who know wisdom:
The moment these letters came forth,
secretly circling as one,
a spark flashed out to engrave.
A flowing measure extended ten cubits on this side,
and out shot comets inside comets, seventy-one.
Sparks burst into flashes, up high and down below,
then quieted down and rose up high, beyond, beyond.
The flow measured out ten cubits on the other side,
and comets shot out in colors like before.
And so on every side.
The spark expanded, whirling round and round.
Sparks burst into flashes and rose high above.
The heavens blazed with all their powers;
everything flashed and sparkled as one.
Then the spark turned from the side of the South
and outlined a curve from there to the East
and from the East to the North
until it had circled back to the South, as before.
Then the spark swirled, disappearing;
comets and flashes dimmed.
Now they came forth, these carved, flaming letters
flashing like gold when it dazzles.
Like a craftsman smelting silver and gold:
when he takes them out of the blazing fire
all is bright and pure;
so the letters came forth, pure and bright
from the flowing measure of the spark.
Therefore it is written: