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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
An Incantation
Indian Literature
 
From the ‘Atharva-Veda’: Translation of Edward Washburn Hopkins

THE SIN-HATED, god-born plant, which frees from the curse as the waters wash out a spot, has washed away all curses, the curse of my rival and of my sister. I have put under my feet the curse of the Brahman…. With this plant protect my wife, protect my child, protect our property…. May the curse [of my rival] return to the curser…. I smite the ribs of the foe that has the evil eye.  1
 
 
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