From the Berlin “Hymn to Ptah” (J.P.Allen)
Worshipping Ptah, father of the gods, Ta-tenen, eldest of the originals, at daybreak.
Greetings, Ptah, father of the gods,
Ta-tenen, eldest of the originals,
. . .
who begot himself by himself, without any developing having developed;
who crafted the world in the design of his heart,
when his developments developed.
Model who gave birth to all that is,
begetter who created what exists
. . .
Greetings before your originals,
whom you made after you developed in the god’s body.
Who built his body by himself,
without the earth having developed,
without the sky having developed,
without the waters having been introduced.
You tied together the world, you totaled your flesh,
you took account of your parts and found yourself alone,
place-maker, god who smelted the Two Lands.
There is no father of yours who begot you in your developing,
no mother of yours who gave you birth:
your own Uniter,
active one who came forth active.
When you stood up on the land in its inertness,
it drew together thereafter,
you being in your form of Ta-tenen,
in your development of Combiner of the Two Lands.
The one whom your mouth begot and your arms have created—
you took him from the Waters,
your action copying your perfection:
your son, distinguished in his developing,
who dispels for you the uniform darkness with the radiance of his two eyes
. . . .
Be fearful of him, be afraid of him—
this god who made your needs.
Give adulation to his might
and become content through his two sound eyes.
His words will be the balance of the Two Lands,
with no bypassing the utterance he has made.
The great name that lays storms,
which everyone fears when his ba develops—
Magic, that has control of the gods,
whose respect is great in the Ennead:
the reckoning of him is in what he has begun,
his control is among that which he has made.
Quoted from: Genesis in Egypt. The Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts,