|God is a Master Craftsman
God is a master craftsman;
yet none can draw the lines of his Person.
Fair features first came into being
in the hushed dark where he mused alone;
He forged his own figure there,
hammered his likeness out of himself--
All powerful one (yet kindly,
whose heart would lie open to men).
He mingled his heavenly god-seed
with the inmost parts of his being.
Planting his image there
in the unknown depths of his mystery.
He cared, and the sacred form
took shape and contour, splendid at birth!
God, skilled in the intricate ways of the craftsman,
first fashioned Himself to perfection.
How Splendid You Ferry the Skyways
How splendid you ferry the skyways,
Horus of the Twin Horizons,
The needs of each new day
firm in your timeless pattern,
Who fashion the years,
weave months into order--
Days, night, and the very hours
move to the very gait of your striding.
Refreshed by your diurnal shining, you quicken,
bright above yesterday,
Making the zone of night sparkle
although you belong to the light,
Sole one awake there
--sleep is for mortals,
Who go to rest grateful:
your eyes oversee.
And theirs by the millions you open
when your face new-rises, beautiful;
Not a bypath escapes your affection
during your season on earth.
Stepping swift over stars,
riding the lightning flash,
You circle the earth in an instant,
with a god's ease crossing heaven,
Treading dark paths of the underworld,
yet, sun on each roadway,
You deign to walk daily with men.
The faces of all are upturned to you,
As mankind and gods
alike lift their morningsong:
"Lord of the daybreak,
When Being Began Back in Days of the Genesis
When Being began back in days of the genesis;
it was Amun appeared first of all,
unknown his mode of inflowing;
There was no god before him,
nor was there other god with him there
when he uttered himself into visible form;
There was no mother to him, that she might have borne his name,
there was no father to father the one
who first spoke the word, "I Am!"
Who fashioned the seed of him all on his own,
sacred first cause, whose birth lay in mystery,
who crafted and carved his own splendor--
He is God the Creator, self-created, the Holy;
all other gods came after;
with Himself he began the world.