Today's sacred text is from the ancient Aztec religion. The Mesoamerican Aztecs worshipped a large pantheon of deities; many of whom demanded human sacrifices. This is an excerpt from Daniel Brinton's translation of many of their sacred songs (the "Rig Veda Americanus") from the Internet Sacred Text Archive.
Hymn of the High Priest of Xipe Totec.
1. The nightly drinking, why should I oppose it? Go forth and array yourselves in the golden garments, clothe yourselves in the glittering vestments.
2. My god descended upon the water, into the beautiful glistening surface; he was as a lovely water cypress, as a beauteous green serpent; now I have left behind me my suffering.
3. I go forth, I go forth about to destroy, I, Yoatzin; my soul is in the cerulean water; I am seen in the golden water; I shall appear unto mortals; I shall strengthen them for the words of war!
4. My god appears as a mortal; O Yoatzin, thou art seen upon the mountains; I shall appear unto mortals; I shall strengthen them for the words of war.