A ChiSena prayer to Chauta (God) from southern Malawi. The prayer is led by an elder, with the people responding in chorus.

Chauta we beseech you, we beseech you!
You have refused us rain, we beseech you!
The whole land has dried up, we beseech you!
Give us rain today, we beseech you!
We are concerned, we beseech you!
Have mercy on us, we beseech you!
Do not abandon us your children, we beseech you!
Do not harden your heart against us, we beseech you!
Send us rain, we beseech you!

from Symbolic & Social Aspects of Spirit Worship
Among the Mang’Anja
(1968);
J.M. Schoffeleers;
University of Oxford.