BOOK VII (7)
HYMN LX (60)
A parting traveller s address to the houses of his village
 I, prudent, bringing power, a treasure winner, with amicable eye that strikes no terror, Come, praising and kind thoughted, to these houses: be not afraid of me, be glad and joyful.
 Let these delightful Houses that are rich in power and store of milk, Replete with wealth and standing firm, become aware of our approach.
 These Houses we invoke, whereon the distant exile sets his thought, [p. a296] Wherein dwells many a friendly heart: let them beware of our approach.
 Thus greeted, ye of ample wealth, friends who enjoy delightful sweets.
Be ever free from hunger, free from thirst! Ye Houses, fear us not.
 Kind greeting to the cattle here, kind greeting to the goats and sheep! Then, of the food within our homes, kind greeting to the plea sant drink!
 Full of refreshment, full of charms, of laughter and felicity, Be ever free from hunger, free from thirst! Ye Houses, fear us not.
Stay here, and come not after me: prosper in every form and shape.
With happy fortune will I come! Grow more abundant still through me!
HYMN LXI (61)
A prayer for sacred knowledge and its fruits
 Since, Agni, with our fervent zeal we undergo austerity, May we be dear to Sacred Lore, may we be wise and live long lives.
 Agni, we practise acts austere, we undergo austerity.
So listening to Holy Lore may we grow wise and full of days.
HYMN LXII (62)
A prayer for the overthrow of enemies
 Like a car warrior, Agni here, grown mighty, Lord of the brave, Chief Priest, hath conquered footmen.
Laid on earth s centre he hath flashed and glittered.
Low may he lay our enemies beneath us.
HYMN LXIII (63)
A prayer for deliverance from affliction
 We call with lauds from his most lofty dwelling victorious Agni, conqueror in battles.
May he conveyus over all distresses, may the God Agni bear us past our troubles.
HYMN LXIV (64)
A charm to avert an evil omen
 From all that woe and trouble may the Waters save and rescue me, Whatever the Raven, black of hue, flying out hither ward, hath dropped.
 May Agni Garhapatya save and set me free from all this guilt.
Which the black Raven with thy mouth, O Nirriti, hath wiped away.
HYMN LXV (65)
A charm against imprecation and threatened evils
 With retroverted fruit hast thou, O Apamarga, sprung and grown.
Hence into distance most remote drive every curse away from, me.
 Whatever evil we have done, whatever vile or sinful act, With thee, O Apamarga, who lookest all ways, we wipe it off.
 If with the cripple we have lived, whose teeth are black and nails deformed, With thee, O Apamarga, we wipe all that ill away from us.
HYMN LXVI (66)
A prayer to Vak
 If it was in the wind or air s mid region, if it was in the trees or in the bushes, To meet whose utterance forth streamed the cattle, may that.
Celestial Power again approach us.
HYMN LXVII (67)
A priest s prayer to the Agnayo Dhishnyah
 May sense return to me again, and spirit, return my Sacred Power and my possessions! Again let fires, aflame on lesser altars, each duly stationed, here succeed and prosper.
HYMN LXVIII (68)
A prayer for children and prosperity
 Sarasvati, in thy decrees, Goddess, in thy celestial laws, Accept the offered sacrifice, and, Goddess, grant us progeny.
 Here is, Sarasvati, thy fat libation, this sacrifice passing to the mouth of Fathers.
These most auspicious offerings have ascended to thee: through, these may we be full of sweetness.
 Be kind and most auspicious, be gracious to us, Sarasvati, May we be ever in thy sight.
HYMN LXIX (69)
A prayer for prosperity
 May the wind kindly breathe on us, may the Sun warm us.
May days pass happily for us, may night draw near delightfully, may dawn break joyfully for us!