1. BRING forth your sacred
song ye prudent singers, even as are the thoughts of human beings.
Let us draw Indra with true deeds anear us: he
loves our songs, the Hero, and is potent.
2 The hymn shone brightly from
the seat of worship: to the kine came the Bull, the Heifer's Offipring
With mighty bellowing hath he arisen, and hath
pervaded even the spacious regions.
3 Indra knows, verily, how to
hear our singing, for he, victorious, made a path for Surya.
He made the Cow, and be became the Sovran of
Heaven, primeval, matchless, and unshaken.
4 Praised by Angirases, Indra
demolished with might the works of the great watery monster
Full many regions, too, hath he pervaded, and
by his truth supported earth's foundation.
5 The counterpart of heaven
and earth is Indra: he knoweth all libations, slayeth Susna.
The vast sky with the Sun hath he extended,
and, best otpillars, stayed it with a pillar.
6 The Vrtra-slaver with his
bolt felled Vrtra: the magic of the godless, waxen mighty,
Here hast thou, Bold Assailant, boldly
conquered. Yea, then thine arms, O Maghavan, were potent.
7 When the Dawns come
attendant upon Surya their rays discover wealth of divers colours.
The Star of heaven is seen as 'twere
approaching: none knoweth aught of it as it departeth.
8 Far have they gone, the
first of all these waters, the waters that flowed forth when Indra sent them.
Where is their spring, and where is their
foundation? Where now, ye Waters, is your inmost centre?
9 Thou didst free rivers
swallowed by the Dragon; and rapidly they set themselves in motion,
Those that were loosed and those that longed
for freedom. Excited now to speed they run unresting.
10 Yearning together they have
sped to Sindhu: the Fort-destroyer, praised, of old, hath loved them.
Indra, may thy terrestrial treasures reach us,
and our full songs of joy approach thy dwelling.