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A charm to deprecate Arāti or Malignity

1Bring thou to us, bar not the way, Arāti! Stay not the guerdon
   that is being brought us.
  Homage be paid to Failure, to Misfortune, and Malignity.
2The man whom thou preferrest, O Arāti, he who prates to us—
  This man of thine, we reverence. Baffle not thou my heart's
3May our desire which Gods have roused fulfil itself by day and
  We seek to win Arāti: to Arāti be our homage paid.
4We, suppliant, call on Bhaga, on Sarasvati, Anumati,
  Pleasant words have I spoken, sweet as honey is, at invocations
   of the Gods.
5The portion that I crave with speech intelligent and full of
  May faith, presented with the gift of tawny Soma, find to-day.
6Do not thou make our words or wishes fruitless. Let the twain
  Indra Agni, bring us treasures.
  All, fain to-day to give us gifts, welcome Arāti with your love. p. a163
7Misfortune! go thou far away: we turn thy harmful dart aside.
  I know thee well, Arāti! as oppressor, one who penetrates.
8Oft, coming as a naked girl thou hauntest people in their sleep,
  Baffling the thought, Arāti! and the firm intention of a man.
9To her the mighty vast in size, who penetrates all points of
  To her mine homage have I paid, Nirriti with her golden hair.
10Auspicious, with her golden hue, pillowed on gold, the mighty
  To this Arāti clad in robes of gold mine homage have I paid.

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