PRITHVI-SUKTA: HYMN TO THE EARTH (ATHARVA VEDA), compiled and written down c. 1200–900 BCE, in oral tradition from eons back.
Truth, high and potent Law, the Consecrating Rite, Fervour, Brahma, and Sacrifice uphold the Earth.
May she, the Queen of all that is and is to be, may Prithivī make ample space and room for us. || 1
Not overcome by the crowd of Manu’s sons, she who hath many heights and floods and level plains;
She who bears plants endowed with many varied powers, may Prithivī for us spread wide and favour us. || 2
In whom the sea, and Sindhu, and the waters, in whom our food and corn-lands had their being,
In whom this all that breathes and moves is active, this Earth, assign us