1. I LAUD with reverence the gracious Agni:
here may he sit and part our meed among us.
As with spoil-seeking cars I bring oblation: turned
rightward I will swell the Marut's, praise-song.
2 The Maruts, yea, the Rudras, who have
mounted their famous spotted deer and cars swift-moving, -
Before you, fierce Ones! woods bow down in terror: Earth,
even the mountain, trembles at your coming.
3 Though vast and tall, the mountain is
affrighted, the height of heaven is shaken at your roaring
When, armed with lances, ye are sporting, Maruts, and rush
along together like the waters.
4 They, like young suitors, sons of wealthy
houses, have with their golden natures decked their bodies.
Strong on their cars, the lordly Ones, for glory, have set
their splendours on their forms for ever.
5 None being eldest, none among them
youngest, as brothers they have grown to happy fortune.
May their Sire Rudra, young and deft, and Prsni pouring much
milk, bring fair days to the Maruts.
6 Whether, O blessed Maruts, ye be dwelling
in highest, midmost, or in lowest heaven,
Thence, O ye Rudras, and thou also, Agni, notice the
sacrificial food we offer.
7 O Maruts, Lords of all, when Agni and
when ye drive downward from sublimest heaven along the heights,
Shakers of all, rejoicing, slayers of the foe, give riches
to the Soma-pressing worshipper.
8 O Agni, with the Maruts as they gleam and
sing, gathered in troop, rejoicing drink the Soma juice;
With these the living ones who cleanse and further all,
joined with thy banner, O Vaisvanara, from of old.