BOOK XX (20)
HYMN CXL (140)
Continuation of the preceding hymn to the Asvins
 What force, Nasatyas, ye exert, whatever, Gods, ye tend and heal, This your own Vatsa gains not by his hymns alone: ye visit him who offers gifts.
 Now hath the Rishi splendidly thought out the Asvins hymn of praise.
Let the Atharvan pour the warm oblation forth, and Soma very rich in sweets.
 Ye Asvins, now ascend your car that lightly rolls upon its way.
May these my praises make you speed hitherward like a cloud of heaven.
 When, O Nasatyas, we this day make you speed hither N ith our hymns, Or, Asvins, with our songs of praise, remember Kanva specially.
 As erst Kakshivan and the Rishi Vyasva, as erst Dirghatamas invoked your presence, Or, in the sacrificial chambers, Vainya Prithi, so be ye mindful of us here, O Asvins.
HYMN CXLI (141)
+ HYMN to the Asvins
 Come as home guardians, saving us from foemen, guarding our living creatures and our bodies, Come to the house to give us seed and offspring:
 Whatever with Indra ye be faring, Asvins, or resting in one dwelling place with Vayu, In concord with the Ribhus or Adityas, or standing still in Vishnu s striding places.
 When 1, O Asvins, call on you to day that I may gather strength, Or as all conquering might in war, be that the Asvins noblest grace.
 Now come, ye Asvins, hitherward: here are oblations set for you; These Soma draughts to aid Yadu and Turvasa, these offered you mid Kanva s sons.
 Whatever healing balm is yours, Nasatyas near or far away, Therewith, great Sages, grant a home to Vatsa and to Vimada.
HYMN CXLII (142)
+ HYMN to Dawn and the Asvins
 Together with the Goddess, with the Asvins Speech have I awoke.
Thou, Goddess, hast disclosed the hymn and holy gift from mortal men.
 Awake the Asvins, Goddess Dawn! Up, mighty Lady of Sweet Strains! Rise straightway, priest of sacrifice! High glory to the glad dening draught!
 Thou, Dawn, approaching with thy light, shinest together with the Sun, [p. 378] And to this man protecting home the chariot of the Asvins comes.
 When yellow stalks give forth the juice as cows from udders pour their milk, And voices sound the song of praise, the Asvins worshippers show first.
 Forward for glory and for strength, protection that shall con quer men, And power and skill, most sapient Ones!
 When, Asvins worthy of our lauds, ye seat you in the father s house.
With wisdom or the bliss ye bring.
HYMN CXLIII (143)
+ HYMN to the Asvins
 We invocate this day your car, far spreading, O Asvins, even the gathering of the sunlight, Car praised in hymns, most ample, rich in treasure, fitted with seats, the car that beareth Surya.
 Asvins, ye gained that glory by your Godhead, ye Sons of Heaven, by your own might and power.
Food followeth close upon your bright appearing when stately horses in your chariot draw you.
 Who bringeth you to day for help with offered oblations, or with hymns to drink the juices? Who, for the sacrifice s ancient lover, turneth you hither, Asvins, offering homage?
 Borne on your golden car, ye omnipresent! come to this sacrifice of ours, Nasatyas.
Drink of the pleasant liquor of the Soma: give riches to the people who adore you.[p. 379]
 Come hitherward to us from earth, from heaven, borne on your golden chariot rolling lightly.
Suffer not other worshippers to stay you: here are ye bound by earlier bonds of friendship.
 Now for us both, mete out, O Wonder Workers, riches exceed ing great with store of heroes, Because the men have sent you praise, O Asvins, and Ajamilhas come to the laudation.
 Whenever I gratified you here together, your grace was given us, O ye rich in booty.
Protect, ye twain, the singer of your praises: to you, Nasatyas, is my wish directed.
 Sweet be the plants for us, the heavens, the waters, and full of sweets for us be air s mid region! May the Field s Lord for us be full of sweetness, and may we follow after him uninjured.
 Asvins, that work of yours deserves our wonder, the Bull of firmament and earth and heaven; Yes, and your thousand promises in battle.
Come near to all these men and drink beside us.