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Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1895], at


A hymn accompanying investiture with an amulet of gold

1Gold that was born from Fire is immortal hath been deposited
   with mortal creatures.
  He who knows this deserves to own this jewel, and in extreme
   old age dies he who wears it.
2The men of ancient time with children round them longed for
   this Gold, bright with the Sun's own colour,
  This shall endow thee, as it shines, with splendour, and long
   shall be the life of him who wears it.
3Long life and splendour let it bring energy and strength to thee.
  That thou mayst shine among the folk with all the brightness of
   the Gold.
4What Varuna the King knows well, and what the God
  And Indra, Slayer of the Foe, may that bestow long life on thee,
   may that increase thy splendid strength.

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