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TAKEN upon a base art thou. Thee for the Âdityas.
Here, O Far-striding Vishnu, is thy Soma. Guard it from
injury. Let them not harm thee.
2 Ne’er art thou fruitless, Indra; ne’er dost thou desert thy
But now, O Liberal Lord, thy bounty as a God is poured
forth ever more and more. Thee for the Âdityas.
3 Never art thou neglectful: thou guardest both races with
thy care.
The Soma feast, O Fourth Âditya, is thy strength. Amrit
is stablished in the heavens. Thee for the Âdityas.
4 The sacrifice obtains the Gods’ acceptance. Be graciously
inclined to us, Âdityas.
Hitherward let your favour be directed and be our best deliverer
from trouble. Thee for the Âdityas.
5 This is thy Soma draught, O bright Âditya: take delight
To this mine utterance, O ye men, give credence, what good
the man and wife obtain by praying:
A manly son is burn and gathers riches, and thrives for ever
sinless in the dwelling.
6 Fair wealth, O Savitar, to-day, to-morrow, fair wealth produce
for us each day that passes.
May we, through this our song, be happy gainers, God! of
a fair and spacious habitation.

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7 Taken upon a base art thou.
Savitar's giver of delight art thou. Giver of joy art thou:
vouchsafe me joy.
Speed thou the sacrifice, speed thou the sacrifice's lord to
win his share. Thee for the God, for Savitar.
8 Taken upon a base art thou.
Thou art a good protector, firmly stablished. To the Great
Bull be reverential homage. Thee for the Visvedevas.
This is thy home: Thee for the Visvedevas.
9 Taken upon a base art thou.
May it be mine to prosper the libations of thee Brihaspati's
son, O radiant Soma, of thee, strong Indu, mated with
thy Consorts.
I am in heaven above, on earth beneath it. The intermediate
region was my father.
I saw the Sun both from above and under. I am what Gods
in secret hold the highest.
10 Agni, associate with the Dames, accordant with the God
Tvashtar, drink. All-hail!
Thou art Prajâpati, strong male, impregner: may I obtain
from thee, strong male, impregner, a son who shall himself
become a father.
11 Taken upon a base art thou.
Thou art bay-coloured, Yoker of Bay Coursers. Thee for
the pair of tawny-coloured horses.
United with the Soma, ye, for Indra, are corn for his two
tawny steeds to feed on.
12 That draught of thine which winneth cows or horses, offered
with sacrificial text and lauded

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With chanted hymns and songs of adoration—of that permitted
do I take permitted.
13 Of sin against the Gods thou art atonement. Of sin against
mankind thou art atonement.
For sin against the Fathers thou atonest. Of sin against
oneself thou art atonement.
Of every sort of sin thou art atonement. The sin that I
have knowingly committed, the sin that unawares I have
committed, of all that wickedness thou art the atonement.
14 We with our bodies have again united, with lustre, vital sap,
and happy spirit.
Giver of boons, may Tvashtar grant us riches and smooth
whate’er was injured in our body.
15 Lead us with thought to wealth in kine, O Indra, to princes,
Lord of Bounty! and to welfare.
Lead thou us on to God-inspired devotion, to favour of the
Gods who merit worship. All-hail!
16 Verse 14 repeated.
17 May this please Savitar and liberal Dhâtar, Prajâpati the
Treasure-Guard, bright Agni,
Tvashtar, and Vishnu: blessing him with children, grant
store of riches to the Sacrificer.
18 Gods, we have made your seats easy of access, who, pleased
with us, have come to this libation.
Bearing and bringing hitherward your treasures, grant to
this man, good Lords, abundant riches. All-hail!
19 The willing Gods whom, God, thou hast brought hither, send
them to their own dwelling-place, O Agni.
As all of you have eaten and have drunken, approach the
air, the heat, the light of heaven.

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20 Here, Agni, as this sacrifice proceedeth, have we elected thee
to be our Hotar.
Special have been thine offerings and thy labour. Well
knowing sacrifice, as sage, come near us.
21 Do ye, O Gods, discoverers of the Pathway, go forward on
the path when ye have found it.
O God, thou Lord and Master of the Spirit, bestow—
All-hail!—this sacrifice on Vâta.
22 Go, Sacrifice, to the sacrifice: seek thou the sacrifice's lord,
seek thine own home. All-hail!
Lord of the sacrifice, this is thy sacrifice, followed by many
heroes, loud with hymns of praise. Accept it thou.
23 Become no serpent thou, become no viper.
King Vat-tins hath made a spacious pathway, a pathway for
the Sun wherein to travel.
Where no way was he made him set his footstep, and warned
afar whate’er afflicts the spirit.
To Varuna be reverential homage! Varuna's noose beneath
our feet is trampled.
24 The waters, face of Agni, have I entered, O Waters’ Child,
repelling evil spirits.
Offer the fuel in each home, O Agni. Let thy tongue dart
—All-hail!—to meet the butter.
25 Thy heart is in the flood, within the waters. With thee let
plants and waters be commingled,
That, Lard of Sacrifice, we may adore thee with singing
praise and telling forth our homage. All-hail!
26 This, O celestial Waters, is your offspring. Support him
dearly loved and gently nurtured.

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This is thy station, O celestial Soma; therein bring happiness
and ward off evil.
17 O restless Purifying Bath, thou glidest onward restlessly.
May I with aid of Gods remove the stain of sin against the
Gods, and wash away with mortals’ help the wrong that
hath been done to men. Preserve me, God, from injury,
from the loud-roaring demon foe. Thou art the fuel of
the Gods.
28 Let, still unborn, the ten-month calf move with the following
Even as the-wind is moving, as the gathered flood of ocean
So may this ten-month calf come forth together with the
29 O thou who hast a womb of gold and offspring meet for
Him with all limbs unbroken have I brought together with
his dam. All-hail!
30 Multiform, rich in wondrous operation, the strong juice
hath enrobed itself with greatness.
Let the worlds praise her uniped and biped, three-footed
and four-footed and eight-footed. All-hail!
31 Verily, best of guardians hath he in whose dwelling-place
ye drink,
O Maruts, giants of the sky.
32 May Heaven and Earth, the Mighty Pair, besprinkle this
our sacrifice,
And feed us full with nourishments.

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33 Slayer of Vritra, mount thy car: thy Bay Steeds have been
yoked by prayer.
May, with its voice, the pressing-stone draw thine attention
hither ward.
Taken upon a base art thou. For Indra thee, for Shodasî.
This is a dwelling-place for thee. For Indra thee, for
34 Harness thy pair of strong Bay Steeds, long-maned, whose
bodies fill the girths,
And, Indra, Soma-drinker, come to listen to our songs of
Taken upon a base, etc., as in 33.
35 His pair of tawny Coursers bring Indra of unresisted might
Hither to Rishis’ songs of praise and sacrifice performed by
Taken upon a base, etc., as in 33.
36 Than whom there is none other born more mighty, who
hath pervaded all existing creatures—
Prajâpati, rejoicing in his offspring, he, Shodasî, maintains
the three great lustres.
37 Indra chief Lord and Varuna the Sovran have made this
draught of thine the first and foremost.
I, after, drink their draught. May she, the Goddess of
Speech, rejoicing, sate herself with Soma—All-hail!—with
Prâna as her feast-companion.
38 Skilled in thy task, O Agni, pour lustre and hero strength
on us,
Granting me wealth and affluence.
Taken upon a base art thou. For Agni thee, for splendour
This is thy home. For Agni thee, for splendour.
Thou, lustrous Agni, mid the Gods art splendid. May I
among mankind be bright with lustre.

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39 Arising in thy might thy jaws thou shookest, Indra, having
The Soma which the mortar pressed.
Taken upon a base art thou. For Indra thee, for mighty
This is thy home. For Indra thee, for might.
Among the Gods thou art the mightiest, Indra. Among
mankind I fain would be most mighty.
40 His herald rays are seen afar refulgent o’er the world of
Like flames of fire that burn and blaze.
Taken upon a base art thou. For Sûrya, for the Bright One,
This is thy home. For Sûrya, for the Bright One, thee.
Thou among Gods art brightest, brightest Sûrya. Among
mankind I fain would be the brightest.
41 His herald rays bear him aloft, the God who knoweth all
that lives, Sûrya, that all may look at him.
Taken upon a base, etc., as in 40.
42 Smell thou the vat. Let Soma drops pass into thee, O
Mighty One.
Return again with store of sap. Pour for us wealth in thou-
sands thou with full broad streams and floods of milk. A
Let riches come again to me.
43 Idâ, delightful, worshipful, loveable, splendid, shining One,
Inviolable, full of sap, the Mighty One, most glorious,
These are thy names, O Cow: tell thou the Gods that I act

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44 O Indra, beat our foes away, humble the men who challenge us:
Send down to nether darkness him who seeks to do us injury.
Taken upon a base art thou. For Indra, foe-dispeller, thee.
This is thy home. For Indra, foe-dispeller, thee.
45 Let us invoke to-day, to aid our labour, the Lord of Speech,
the thought-swift Visvakarman.
May he hear kindly all our invocations, who gives all bliss
for aid, whose works are righteous.
Taken upon a base art thou. For Indra Visvakarman thee.
This is thy home. For Indra Visvakarman thee.
46 With strengthening libation, Visvakarman, thou madest
Indra an undying guardian.
The people of old time bowed down before him because the
Mighty One was meet for worship.
Taken upon a base, etc., as in 45.
47 Taken upon a base art thou.
I take thee lord of Gâyatrî for Agni. For Indra take I thee
the lord of Trishtup.
I lake thee lord of Jagatî for All-Gods. Anushtup is the
song that sings thy praises.
48 I stir thee for the fall of cloud-borne waters. I stir thee for
the fall of streams that gurgle. I stir thee for the fall of
those that gladden. I stir thee for their fall who are most
lovely. I stir thee for their fall that are the sweetest. I
stir thee for the waters’ fall, I stir thee, pure one, in the
pure, in the day's form, in Sûrya's beams.
49 The Bull's majestic form is shining brightly, the pure the
pure's preceder, Soma Soma's.
Whatever name invincible, stimulating, is thine, O Soma,
for that name I take thee.
All-hail to Soma, unto thee, O Soma.

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50 O radiant Soma, eagerly draw nigh to Agni's well-loved food.
O radiant Soma, willingly go to the food that Indra loves.
Go, radiant Soma, as our friend, to the All-Gods’ beloved food.
51 Here is delight: enjoy yourselves; here surety, surety of
your own. All-hail!
Loosing the suckling to his dam, the suckling as he milks
his dam
May he maintain the growth of wealth among us. All-hail!
52 Thou art the Session's happy termination.
We have attained the light and grown immortal.
We have gone up from earth to sky, have found the Gods
and heaven and light.
53 Indra and Parvata, our champions in the fight, drive ye away
the man who fain would war with us, drive him far from
us with the bolt.
Welcome to him concealed afar shall be the lair that he
hath found.
So may the Render rend our foes on every side, rend them.
O Hero, everywhere.
Earth! Ether! Sky! May we be rich in offspring, rich in
brave sons and rich in food to feed us.
54 Parameshthin when contemplated. Prajâpati in uttered
Food when approached. Savitar in the partition. Visvakarman
in Consecration. Pûshan in the Soma-purchasing

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55 As Indra and the Maruts he is stationed ready for the sale:
Asura, being bought and sold. Mitra when purchased;
Vishnu Sipivishta when on the Sacrificer's thigh he resteth;
Vishnu Naraudhisha brought on the barrow;
56 Soma when come: when seated on the platform, Varuna;
Agni in the sacred fire-place;
Indra upon the sacrificial barrow; Atharvan when deposited
for pounding;
57 All-Gods when offered in the scattered fragments; Vishnu,
the guard of those who soothe his anger, when he is filled
and swelling in the waters; Yama in pressing; Vishnu
in collection;
Vâyu what time they cleanse and purify him; the Bright
when cleansed; the Bright with milk about him; Manthin
commingled with the meal of barley;
58 All-Gods when he is drawn away in beakers; Life when
uplifted for the fire-oblation; Rudra when offered; Vâta
when reverted; Man-viewer when beheld; drink when
they drink him; deposited, the Nârâsamsa Fathers;
59 Sindhu when ready for the bath that cleanses the sea
when he is carried to the waters; Water is he when he is
plunged beneath it.
To those most mighty hath it gone, most manly in vigour,
by whose strength the worlds were stablished,
Who rule as Lords resistless in their grandeur, Vishnu and
Varuna, at the prayer of morning.

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60 To Gods, to sky the sacrifice hath gone: come riches thence
to me!
To men, to air the sacrifice hath gone: come riches thence
to me!
To Fathers, earth, the sacrifice hath gone: come riches
thence to me!
Whatever sphere the sacrifice hath reached, may wealth
come thence to me
61 The threads that have been spun, the four-and-thirty, which
stablish this our sacrifice with Svadhâ,
Of these I join together what is broken. All-hail! to Gods
go the warm milk oblation!
62 Spread far and wide is sacrifice's milking: eightfold along
the heaven hath it extended.
Pour, Sacrifice! in plenty on mine offspring: may I obtain
prosperity for ever. All-hail!
63 Soma, send wealth in gold and steeds and heroes. All-hail!
bring hitherward booty in cattle.

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