The Samaveda (Sanskrit: सामवेद, sāmaveda, from sāman “song” and veda “knowledge”), is the Veda of melodies and chants. It is an ancient Vedic Sanskrit text, and part of the scriptures of Hinduism. One of the four Vedas, it is a liturgical text whose 1,875 verses are primary derived from the Rigveda. Three recensions of the Samaveda have survived, and variant manuscripts of the Veda have been found in various parts of India.

While its earliest parts are believed to date from as early as the Rigvedic period, the existing compilation dates from the post-Rigvedic Mantra period of Vedic Sanskrit, c. 1200 or 1000 BCE, but roughly contemporary with the Atharvaveda and the Yajurveda.

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Atharva Veda - Book - 1


Come, Agni, praised with song, to feast and sacrificial offering: sit

As Hotar on the holy grass!

O Agni, thou hast been ordained Hotar of every sacrifice,

By Gods, among the race of men.

Agni we choose as envoy, skilled performer of this holy rite,

Hotar, possessor of all wealth.

Served with oblation, kindled, bright, through love of song may Agni, bent

On riches, smite the Vritras dead!

I laud your most beloved guest like a dear friend, O Agni, him

Who, like a chariot, wins us wealth.

Do thou, O Agni, with great might guard us from all malignity,

Yea, from the hate of mortal man!

O Agni, come; far other songs of praise will I sing forth to thee.

Wax mighty with these Soma-drops!

May Vatsa draw thy mind away even from thy loftiest dwelling place!

Agni, I yearn for thee with song.

Agni, Atharvan brought thee forth by rubbing from the sky, the head

Of all who offer sacrifice.

O Agni, bring us radiant light to be our mighty succour, for

Thou art our visible deity!

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