"There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.12
Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.23
Man puts an end to the darkness;3 he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.44
Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft,5 in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways.
The earth, from which food comes,6 is transformed below as by fire;
sapphiresa7 come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.87
No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon's eye has seen it.98
Proud beasts10 do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.119
Man's hand assaults the flinty rock12 and lays bare the roots of the mountains.1310
He tunnels through the rock;14 his eyes see all its treasures.1511
He searchesb the sources of the rivers16 and brings hidden things17 to light.