Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith, , at sacred-texts.com
1Destroy the rat, the mole, the boring beetle, cut off their heads
and crush their ribs, O Asvins.
Bind fast their mouths; let them not eat our barley: so guard,
ye twain, our growing corn from danger.
2Ho! boring beetle, ho! thou worm, ho! noxious grub and
As a priest leaves the unfinished sacrifice, go hence devouring
not, injuring not this corn.
3Hearken to me, lord of the female borer, lord of the female
grub! ye rough-toothed vermin!
Whate'er ye be, dwelling in woods, and piercing, we crush and
mangle all those piercing insects.