‘…Let us make bricks and bake them…’
… And the whole earth
was of one language
and one mind.
The Sons of Shem journeyed from the east.
They found a plain in the land of Shinar and dwelt there.
They had mud for stone and slime for mortar.
“Let us make bricks and bake them,” they said,
“Let us build a city and a tower to reach heaven.
Let our name be spoken
far and wide
across the whole earth.”
The Spirit came down to see
the city and the tower
that the Sons of Shem were building,
“Look, the Children of Men are of one mind
and will accomplish all they have imagined.
They will breach the Gate-of-the-Gods!
Their language must be confounded
so that they cannot understand each others speech.”
And the Spirit scattered them
far and wide across the earth
so that they left off building their tower.
From then on that plain was known as Babel,
the place that saw the confusion
of all the tongues of earth.