Vedic Hymns, Part II (SBE46), by Hermann Oldenberg , at sacred-texts.com
1. Bring us, O youngest god, Bhârata 1, Agni, the best, resplendent, much-desired wealth, O Vasu 2!
2. May no malign power of a god or of a mortal overcome us. Help us across such hostile power.
3. And may we dive with thee across all hostile powers as across streams of water.
4. Bright, O purifier, worthy of adoration, Agni, thou shinest mightily; thou hast been worshipped by offerings of ghrita 1.
5. Thou, O Bhârata 1, Agni! hast been worshipped by us with offerings of heifers, of bulls, of eight-footed (cows) 2.
6. The old excellent Hotri who feeds on wood and drinks butter, he is the wonderful son of strength.
The same Rishi and metre.—Verse 1 = TS. I, 3, 14, 3; MS. IV, 11, 4. Verse 4 = TS. I, 3, 14, 5. Verse 6 = VS. XI, 70; TS. IV, 1, 9, 2; MS. II, 7, 7.
Note 1. Agni Bhârata is Agni as the protector of the Bharata tribe or as invoked by that tribe.
Note 2. With the beginning of this verse, I, 44, 4 should be compared.
Note 1. Comp. VIII, 19, 22. agníh ghritébhih â´hutah.
Note 1. See verse 1, note 1.
Note 2. Roth (Petersb. Dictionary) supplies vâgbhih or rigbhih; comp. VIII, 76, 12. vâ´kam ashtâ´padîm. But there is no doubt that ashtâ´padî, standing by the side of vasâ´ and ukshán, has the same meaning as in the later ritual, viz. a cow with calf.