3. And truly this earth was invisible and formless. and there was I
know not what profundity of the deep upon which there was no light,'
because it had no form. Therefore didst Thou command that it should
be written, that darkness was upon the face of the deep; what else was
it than the absence of light?. For had there been light, where
should it have been save by being above all, showing itself aloft, and
enlightening? Where, therefore, light was as yet not, why was it
that darkness was present, unless because light was absent? Darkness
therefore was upon it, because the light above was absent; as silence
is there present where sound is not. And what is it to have silence
there, but not to have sound there? Hast not Thou, 0 Lord,
taught this soul which confesseth unto Thee? Hast not Thou taught
me, 0 Lord, that before Thou didst form and separate this formless
matter, there was nothing, neither colour, nor figure, nor body,
nor spirit? Yet not altogether nothing; there was a certain
formlessness without any shape.