duhitus tad vacah srutva
munim prasadayam asa
duhituh—of his daughter; tat vacah—that statement; srutva—after hearing; saryatih—King Saryati; jata-sadhvasah—becoming afraid; munim—unto Cyavana Muni; prasadayam asa—tried to appease; valmika-antarhitam—who was sitting within the hole of the earthworm; sanaih—gradually.
After hearing this statement by his daughter, King Saryati was very much afraid. In various ways, he tried to appease Cyavana Muni, for it was he who sat within the hole of the earthworm.
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