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      Περὶ Ποιητικῆς . . .

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      Daedalus in Tartarus

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      L'Origine, Salomé I

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Adept:

Tell me of the first things, Apkallu.

Tell me of the cosmos in its beginning.

Sage:

Before any beginning,

Beyond any end:

The two Waters, inseparable.

At the first thought the Waters divided:

The clear springs from the dark ocean.

And there began the Possibility of all things known and unknowable;

And there began the Potential for all things unknowable and

knowable.

And in every between there was Desire.

Within, Time coupled with Necessity in an eternal consort,

And there arose the first gods, without number and without name.

Adept:

How then came the elements, Apkallu?

The sun, the earth? The winds

That push the ships across the sea?

Sage:

From among the gods there arose the Craftsman,

Who alone had the powers to unmake and to make,

Who alone could grasp the Hammer of Purest Tone,

Who alone would dare to face the Hundred-Coiled Dragon,

Casting his net, subduing her within.

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Like this.

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Having grappled with the dark dragon,

With a word the Craftsman parted her body,

Made of her the sky above, the earth below,

The high mountains and the low hills;

Drew channels, that the waters would pass across her.