HYMN X. Agni.
1. THEE Agni, God, Imperial Lord of all mankind,
do mortal men
With understanding kindle at thesacrifice.
2 They laud thee in their solemn rites, Agni, as Minister
Shine forth in thine own home as guardian
of the Law.
3 He, verily, who honours thee with fuel,
Knower of all life,
He, Agni! wins heroic might, he prospers
4 Ensign of sacrifices, he, Agni, with Gods is
come to us,
Decked by the seven priests, to him who bringeth
5 ToAgni, the Invoking Priest, offer your best,
your lofty speech,
To him Ordainer-like who brings the
light of songs.
6 Let these our hymns make Agni grow,
whence, meet for laud, he springs to life,
strength and great possession, fair to see.
7 Best Sacrificer,
bring the Gods, O Agni, to the pious man:
A joyful Priest,
thy splendour drive our foes afar
8 As such, O Purifier,
shine on us heroic glorious might:
Be nearest Friend
to those who laud thee, for their weal.
9 So, wakeful,
versed in sacred hymns, the holy singers kindly thee.
Oblation-bearer, deathless, cherisher of strength.
HYMN Xl. Agni.
1. AGNI is Priest, the great High Priest of
sacrifice, most swift in act:
He knows the rite in constant
2 Oblation-bearer, deathless, well inclined,
an eager messenger,
Agni comes nigh us with the thought.
3 Ensign of sacrifice from of old, Agni well knoweth with
To prosper this man's aim and hope.
Agni, illustrious from old time, the Son of Strength who
knows all life,
The Gods have made to their Priest.
5 Infallible is Agni, he who goes before the tribes of men,
A chariot swift and ever new.
6 Strength of the Gods
which none may harm, subduing all his enemies,
mightiest in fame.
7 By offering sacred food to him the
mortal worshipper obtains.
A home from him whose light
8 From Agni, by our hymns, may we gain all
things that bring happiness,
Singers of him who knows
9 O Agni, in our deeds of might may we obtain
all precious things:
Tle Gods are centred all in thee.
HYMN XII. Indra-Agni.
1. MOVED, Indra-Agni, by our hymn, come to
the juice, the precious dew:
Dr.ink ye thereof, impelled
2 O Indra-Agni, with the man who lauds you comes
the wakening rite:
So drink ye both this juice assured.
3 Through force of sacrifice I choose Indra-Agni who love
With Sorna let these sate them here.
and Agni I invoke, joint-victors, bounteous, unsubdued,
Foe-slayers, best to win the spoil.
5 Indra and Agni,
singers skilled in melody hymn you, bringing lauds:
choose you for the sacred food.
6 Indra and Agni, ye
cast down the ninety forts which DAsas held,
with one mighty deed.
7 To Indra-Agni eeverent thoughts
go forward from the holy task
Along the path of sacred
8 O Indra-Agni, powers are yours, and dwellings
and delightful food
Good is your readiness to act.
9 Indra and Agni, in your deeds of might ye deck heaven's
Famed is that hero strength of yours.
HYMN XIII. Agni.
1. To Agni, to this God of yours I sing aloud
with utmost power.
May he come to us with the Gods, and
sit, best Offerer, on the grass.
2 The Holy, whose are
earth and heaven, and succour waits upon his strength;
Him men who bring oblations laud, and they who wish to gain,
3 He is the Sage who guides these men, Leader
of sacred rites is he.
Him your own Agni, serve ye well,
who winneth and bestoweth wealth.
4 So may the gracious
Agni grant most goodly shelter for our use;
the heavens or in the floods he shall pour wealth upon our
5 The singers kindle him, the Priest, Agni the
Lord of tribes of men,
Resplendent and without a peer
through his own excellent designs.
6 Help us, thou Brahman,
best of all invokers of the Gods in song.
of Maruts, bliss on us, O Agni, a most liberal God.
Yea, grant us treasure thousandfold with children and with
And, Agni, splendid hero strength, exalted,
wasting not away.
HYMN XIV. Agni.
1 THE pleasant Priest is come into the synod,
true, skilled in sacrifice, most wise, Ordainer.
the Son of Strength, whose car is lightning, whose hair
is flame, hath shown on earth his lustre.
2 To thee I
offer reverent speech: accept it: to thee who markest it,
Bring, thou who knowest, those
who know, and seat thee amid the sacred grass, for help,
3 The Two who show their vigour, Night and Morning,
by the wind's paths shall haste to thee O Agni.
men adorn the Ancient with oblations, these seek, as on
two chariot-seats, the dwelling.
4 To thee, strong Agni!
Varuna and Mitra and all the Maruts sang a song of triumph,
What time unto the people's lands thou camest, spreading
them as the Sun of men, with lustre.
5 Approaching with
raised hands and adoration, we have this day fulfilled for
thee thy longing.
Worship the Gods with most devoted
spirit, a Priest with no unfriendly thought, O Agni.
6 For, Son of Strength, from thee come many succours, and
powers abundant that a God possesses.
Agni, to us with
speech that hath no falsehood grant riches, real, to be
told in thousands.
7 Whatever, God, in sacrifice we mortals
have wrought is all for thee, strong, wise of purpose!
Be thou the Friend of each good chariot's master. All this
enjoy thou here, immortal Agni.
HYMN XV. Agni.
1. RESPLENDENT with thy wide-extending lustre,
dispel the terrors of the fiends who hate us
Agni be my guide and shelter, the easily-invoked, the good
2 Be thou To us, while now the morn is breaking,
be thou a guardian when the Sun hath mounted..
as men accept a true-born infant, my laud, O Agni nobly
born in body.
3 Bull, who beholdest men, through many
mornings, among the dark ones shine forth red, O Agni.
Lead us, good Lord, and bear us over trouble: Help us who
long, Most Youthful God, to riches.
4 Shine forth, a
Bull invincible, O Agni, winning by conquest all the forts
Thou Jatavedas who art skilled in guiding,
the chief high saving sacrifice's Leader.
Gods hither, Agni, wisest Singer, bring thou to us many
and flawless shelters.
Bring vigour, like a car that
gathers booty: bring us, O Agni, beauteous.Rarth and Heaven.
6 Swell, O thou Bull and give those powers an impulse, e'en
Earth and Heaven who yield their milk in plenty,
O God, with Gods in clear effulgence. Let not a mortal's
evil will obstruct us.
7 Agni, as holy food to thine
invoker, give wealth in cattle, lasting, rich in marvels.
To us be born a son and spreading ofrspring. Agni, be this
thy gracious will to us-ward.
HYMN XVI. Agni.
1. THIS Agni is the Lord of great felicity
and hero Strength;
Lord of wealth in herds of kine; Lord
of the battles with the foe.
2 Wait, Maruts, Heroes,
upon him the Prosperer in whom is bliss-increasing wealth;
Who in fights ever conquer evil-hearted men, who overcome
3 As such, O Agni, deal us wealth and hero
might, O Bounteous One!
Most lofty, very glorious, rich
in progeny, free from disease and full of power.
who made all that lives, who passes all in might, who orders
service to the Gods,
He works among the Gods, he works
in hero strength, yea, also in the praise of men.
us not up to indigence, Agni, nor want of hero sons,
Nor, Son of Strength, to lack of cattle, nor to blame. Drive.
thou our enemies away.
6 Help us to strength, blest Agni!
rich in progeny, abundant, in our sacrifice.
with riches yet more plenteous, bringing weal, with high
renown, most Glorious One!
HYMN XVII. Agni.
1. DULY enkindled after ancient customs, bringing
all treasures, he is balmed with unguents,-
oil-clad, the purifying Agni, skilled in fair rites, to
bring the Gods for worship.
2 As thou, O Agni, skilful
Jatavedas, hast sacrificed as Priest of Earth, of Heaven,
So with this offering bring the Gods, and prosper this sacrifice
today as erst for Manu.
3 Three are thy times of life,
O Jatavedas, and the three mornings are thy births, O Agni.
With these, well-knowing, grant the Gods' kind favour, and
help in stir aiid stress the man who worships.
most bright and fair with song we honour, yea, the adorable,
Thee, envoy, messenger, oblation-bearer,
the Gods have made centre of life eternal.
5 That Priest
before thee, yet more skilled in worship, stablished of
old, healthgiver by his nature,-
After his custom offer,
thou who knowest, and lay our sacrifice where Gods may taste
HYMN XVIII. Agni.
1. AGNI, be kind to us when we approach thee
good as a friend to friend, as sire and mother.
of mankind are great oppressors burn up malignity that strives
2 Agni, burn up the unfriendly who are near
us, burn thou the foeman's curse who pays no worship.
Burn, Vasu, thou who markest well, the foolish: let thine
eternal nimble beams surround thee.
3 With fuel, Agni,
and with oil, desirous, mine offering I present for strength
With prayer, so far as I have power, adoring-this
hymn divine to gain a hundred treasures.
4 Give with
thy glow, thou Son of Strength, when lauded, great vital
power to those who toil to serve thee.
Give richly, Agni,
to the Visvamitras in rest and stir. Oft have we decked
5 Give us, O liberal Lord, great gtore of riches,
for, Agni, such art thou when duly kindled.
Thou in the
happy singer's home bestowest, amply with arms extended,
things of beauty.
HYMN XIX. Agni.
1. Aow, quick, sage, infallible, all-knowing,
I choose to be our Priest at this oblation.
In our Gods'
service he, best skilled, shall worship: may he obtain us
boons for strength and riches.
2 Agni, to thee I lift
the oil-fed ladle, bright, with an offering, bearing our
From the right hand, choosing the Gods' attendance,
he with rich presents hath arranged the worship.
keenest spirit is the man thou aidest give us good offspring,
thou who givest freely.
In power of wealth most rich
in men. O Agni, of thee, the Good, may we sing forth fair
4 Men as they worship thee the God, O Agni,
have set on thee full many a brilliant, aspect.
Most Youthful One, the Gods' asserrigly, the Heavenly Host
which thou to-day shalt honour.
5 When Gods anoint thee
Priest at their oblation, and seat thee for thy task as
O Agni, be thou here our kind defender, and
to ourselves vouchsafe the gift of glory.
HYMN XX Agni.
1. WITH lauds at break of morn the priest
invoketh Agni, Dawn, Dadhikras, and both the Asvins.
With one consent the Gods whose light is splendid, longing
to taste our sacrifice, shall hear us.
2 Three are thy
powers, O Agni, three thy stations, three are thy tongues,
yea, many, Child of Order!
Three bodies hast thou which
the Gods delight in: with these protect our hymns with care
3 O Agni, many are the names thou bearest,
immortal, God, Divine, and Jatavedas.
And many charms
of charmers, All-Inspirer! have they laid in thee, Lord
of true attendants!
4 Agni, like Bhaga, leads the godly
people, he who is true to Law and guards the seasons.
Ancient, all-knowing, he the Vrtra-slayer shall bear the
singer safe through every trouble.
5 I call on Savitar
the God, on Morning, Brhaspati, and Dadhikras, and Agni,
On Varuna and Mitra, on the Asvins, Bhaga, the Vasus, Rudras