BOOK I (1)
HYMN XX (20)
A prayer to Soma, the Maruts, Mitra, and Varuna, for protection
 May it glide harmless by in this our sacrifice, O Soma, God! Maruts, be gracious unto us.
Let not disaster, let not malison find us out; let not abominable guiles discover us.
 Mitra and Varuna, ye twain, turn carefully away from us The deadly dart that flies to day, the missile of the wicked ones.
 Ward off from this side and from that, O Varuna, the deadly dart: Give us thy great protection, turn the lethal weapon far away.
 A mighty Ruler thus art thou, unconquered, vanquisher of foes, Even thou whose friend is never slain, whose friend is never over come.
HYMN XXI (21)
A prayer to Indra for protection
 Lord of the clans, giver of bliss, fiend slayer, mighty over the foe, May Indra, Soma drinker, go before us, Bull, who brings us peace.
 Indra, subdue our enemies, lay low the men who fight with us: Down into nether darkness send the man who shows us enmity:
 Strike down the fiend, strike down the foes, break thou asunder Vritra s jaws.
O Indra, Vritra slayer, quell the wrath of the assailing foe.
 Turn thou the foeman s thought away, his dart who fain would conquer us: Grant us thy great protection; keep his deadly weapon far away.
HYMN XXII (22)
A charm against jaundice
 As the Sun rises, let thy sore disease and yellowness depart. [p. a21] We compass and surround thee with the colour of a ruddy ox.
 With ruddy hues we compass thee that thou mayst live a leng thened life: So that this man be free from harm, and cast his yellow tint away.
 Devatyas that are red of hue, yea, and the ruddy coloured kine, Each several form, each several force with these we compass thee about.
 To parrots and to starlings we transfer thy sickly yellowness: Now in the yellow coloured birds we lay this yellowness of thine.
HYMN XXIII (23)
A charm against leprosy
 O Plant, thou sprangest up at night, dusky, dark coloured, black in hue! [p. a22] So, Rajani, re colour thou these ashy spots, this leprosy.
 Expel the leprosy, remove from him the spots and ashy hue: Let thine own colour come to thee; drive far away the specks of white.
 Dark is the place of thy repose, dark is the place thou dwellest in: Dusky and dark, O Plant, art thou: remove from him each speck and spot.
 I with my spell have chased away the pallid sign of leprosy, Caused by infection, on the skin, sprung from the body, from the bones.
HYMN XXIV (24)
A charm against leprosy
 First, before all, the strong winged Bird was born;; thou wast the gall thereof.
Conquered in fight, the Asuri took then the shape and form of plants.
 The Asuri made, first of all, this medicine for leprosy, this banisher of leprosy.
She banished leprosy, and gave one general colour to the skin.
 One coloured, is thy mother s name, One coloured is thy father called: One colour maker, Plant! art thou: give thou one colour to this man. [p. a23]
 Sama who gives one general hue was formed and fashioned from the earth: Further this work efficiently.
Restore the colours that were his.
HYMN XXV (25)
A prayer to fever, as a charm against his attacks
 When Agni blazed when he had pierced the Waters, whereat the Law observers paid him homage, There, men assever, was thy loftiest birthplace: O Fever, yield ing to our prayer avoid us.
 If thou be fiery glow, or inflammation, or if thy birthplace call for chips of fuel, Rack is thy name, God of the sickly yellow! O Fever, yielding to our prayer avoid us.
 Be thou distress, or agonizing torment, be thou the son King Varuna hath begotten, Rack is thy name, God of the sickly yellow! O Fever, yielding to our prayer avoid us.
 I offer homage to the chilly Fever, to his fierce burning glow I offer homage. [p. a24] Be adoration paid to Fever coming each other day, the third, of two days running.
HYMN XXVI (26)
A prayer for protection, guidance, and prosperity
 Let that Destructive Weapon be far distant from us, O ye Gods; far be the Stone ye wont to hurl.
 Our friend be that Celestial Grace, Indra and Bhaga be our friends, and Savitar with splendid Wealth. [p. a25]
 Thou, Offspring of the waterflood, ye Maruts, with your sun bright skins, give us protection reaching far.
 Further us rightly, favour ye our bodies with your gracious love.
Give thou our children happiness.
HYMN XXVII (27)
A charm to obtain invisibility
 There on the bank those Vipers lie, thrice seven, having cast their skins: Now we with their discarded sloughs bind close and cover up the eyes of the malicious highway thief.
 Far let her go, cutting her way, brandishing, as it were, a club: Diverted be the new born s mind: never are the wicked prosperous.
 Not many have had power enough; the feeble ones have not prevailed, Like scattered fragments of a reed: never are the wicked pros perous.
 Go forward, feet, press quickly on, bring to the house of him who pays.
Unconquered and unplundered, let Indranf, foremost, lead the way.
HYMN XXVIII (28)
A prayer to Agni for the destruction of evil spirits
 God Agni hath come forth to us, fiend slayer, chaser of disease, Burning the Yatudhanas up, Kimidins, and deceitful ones.
 Consume the Yatudhanas, God! meet the Kimidins with thy flame: Burn up the Yatudhanis as they face thee, thou whose path is black!
 She who hath cursed us with a curse, or hath conceived a murderous sin; Or seized our son to take his blood, let her devour the child she bare.
 Let her, the Yatudhani eat son, sister, and her daughter s.
Now let the twain by turns destroy the wild haired Yatudhanis and crush down Arayis to the earth!
HYMN XXIX (29)
A charm to secure the supremacy of a dethroned King
 With that victorious Amulet which strengthened Indra s power and might [p. a27] Do thou, O Brahmanaspati, increase our strength for kingly sway.
 Subduing those who rival us, subduing all malignities, Withstand the man who menaces, and him who seeks to injure us.
 Soma and Savitar the God have strengthened and exalted thee: All elements have aided thee, to make thee general conqueror.
 Slayer of rivals, vanquisher, may that victorious Amulet Be bound on me for regal sway and conquest of mine enemies.
 Yon Sun hath mounted up on high, and this my word hath mounted up That I may smite my foes and be slayer of rivals, rivalless.
 Destroyer of my rivals, strong, victorious, with royal sway, May I be ruler of these men, and King and sovran of the folk.