What thief comes today…

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“What thief comes today, a malicious mortal enemy, may the night, knowing his intent full well, strike off his shoulders as well as the head.  May she strike off his feet, so that he may not, strike off his arms, so that he may not hurt.  The marauder that comes, may he go away crushed to pulp.  May he go away, go far away, go away to a dry and dreary stump.”

— Atharva Veda