BOOK VII (7)
HYMN XL (40)
A prayer for prosperity
 We call Sarasvan, under whose protection all cattle wander, to preserve and aid us, Him in whose ordinance abide the waters, to whose command the Lord of Plenty listens.
 Abiding here let us invoke Sarasvan, the seat of riches, glorious, wealth increaser, Him who inclines and gives to him who worships, the rich pos sessor and the Lord of Fulness.
HYMN XLI (41)
A prayer for prosperity
 Observing men, and viewing home, the Falcon hath cleft his swift way over wastes and waters.
May he, with Indra for a friend, auspicious, traversing all air s lower realms, come hither.
 The heavenly Falcon, viewing men, well pinioned, strength giver, hundred footed, hundred nested, Shall give us treasure which was taken from us.
May it be rich in food among our Fathers.
HYMN XLII (42)
A prayer for delivery from sin and sickness
 Scatter and drive away, Soma and Rudra, the sickness that hath come within our dwelling, [p. a287] Afar into the distance chase Destruction, and even from commit ted sin release us.
 Lay on our bodies, O ye twain, O Soma and Rudra, all those balms that heal diseases.
Set free and draw away the sin committed, which we have still inherent in our persons.
HYMN XLIII (43)
A charm against lightning
 Some of thy words bode weal and some misfortune: thou scat terest them all with friendly feeling.
Deep within this three words are laid: among them one hath flown off even as the sound was uttered.
HYMN XLIV (44)
In praise of Indra and Vishnu
 Ye twain have conquered, and have not been vanquished: not either of the pair hath been defeated.
Ye, Indra Vishnu, when ye fought your battle; produced this infinite with three divisions.
HYMN XLV (45)
A charm against jealousy
 Brought hitherward from Sindhu, from a folk of every mingled race, Fetched from afar, thou art I deem, a balm that cureth.
 As one with water quencheth fire, so calm this lover s jealousy, Like heat of fire that burneth here, or flame that rageth through the wood.
HYMN XLVI (46)
A charm for offspring and prosperity
 O broad tressed Sinivali, thou who art the sister of the Gods, Accept the offered sacrifice, and, Goddess, grant us progeny.
 Present the sacrifice to her, to Sinivali, Queen of men, Beautiful fingered, lovely armed, prolific, bearing many a child.
 Thou who as Queen of men art Indra s equal, a Goddess coming with a thousand tresses, To thee our sacrifices are performed, O Consort of Vishnu Goddess, urge thy Lord to bounty!
HYMN XLVII (47)
A prayer for wealth and birth of a son
 Oft in this sacrifice with favoured cry I call Kuhu, beneficent Goddess, skilled in all her works.
May she vouchsafe us wealth with every boon, and give a, hero meet for praise who gives a hundred gifts.
 Kuhu, the Queen of Gods and immortality, called to assist, enjoy this sacrifice of ours! Let her, desirous of our worship, hear to day: may she, intelligent, give increase of our wealth.
HYMN XLVIII (48)
A prayer for prosperity and the birth of a son
 I call on Raka with hair laud and reverent cry: may she, auspicious, hear us and herself observe.
With never breaking needle may she sew her work, and send a glorious man who gives a hundred gifts.
 All thy kind favours, Raka! lovely in their form, wherewith thou grantest treasures to the man who gives, With these come thou to us this day benevolent, O blessed one, bestowing wealth of thousand sorts.
HYMN XLIX (49)
A prayer for children and booty
 May the Gods Consorts aid us of their own free will, help us to offspring and the winning of the spoil.
May Goddesses who quickly listen shelter us, both those on earth and they within the waters realm.
 May the Dames, wives of Gods, enjoy our presents, Rat, Asvini Indrani and Agnayi; May Rodasi and Varunani hear us, and Goddesses come at the matrons season.