Translated by John D. Turner
The book concerning the things that were seen by Hypsiphrone being revealed in the place
of her virginity. And she listens to her brethren [...] Phainops and [...], and they speak
with one another in a mystery.
Now I was first by individual ranking [...] I came forth to the place of my virginity
and I went down to the world. Then I was told about them (by) those who abide in the place
of my virginity.
And I went down to the world and they said to me, "Again Hypsiphrone has withdrawn
outside the place of her virginity." Then the one who heard, Phainops, who breathes
into her fount of blood, spread out for her.
And he said, ["I am Phainops ...] err [...] desire [... the number] of just the
human remnants or that I may see a [man, the blood-likeness or ...] of a [... fire] and a
[... in] his hands.
Then as for me, I said to him, "Phainops has not come upon me; he has not gone
astray. [...] see a man [...] him [...] For [...] which he said [...] Phainops this [...].
I saw him and he said to me, "Hypsiphrone, why do you dwell outside me? Follow me
and I will tell you about them." So I followed him, for I was in great fear. And he
told me about a fount of blood that is revealed by setting afire [...] he said [...].
Selection made from James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library,
revised edition. HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1990.