What was in the place of the world before the world came to be
Eh Gott die Welt erschuf,
  Before God   the   world    created,
     was war in diesem Ort?
         what   was    in    this           place?
Es war der Ort selbselbst,
  It      was   the    place  its very self,
     Gott und Sein ewges Wort.
         God    and      his       eternal   Word.