The Rig Veda/Mandala 1/Hymn 63

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The Rig Veda
Mandala 1, Hymn 63
Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith
1. THOU art the Mighty One; when born, O Indra, with power thou terrifiedst earth and heaven;
     When, in their fear of thee, all firm-set mountains and monstrous creatures shook like dust before thee.
2. When thy two wandering Bays thou drawest hither, thy praiser laid within thine arms the thunder,
     Wherewith, O Much-invoked, in will resistless, thou smitest foemen down and many a castle.
3. Faithful art thou, these thou defiest, Indra; thou art the Rbhus' Lord, heroic, victor.
     Thou, by his side, for young and glorious Kutsa, with steed and car in battle slewest Susna,
4. That, as a friend, thou furtheredst, O Indra, when, Thunderer, strong in act, thou crushedst Vrtra;
     When, Hero, thou, great-souled, with easy conquest didst rend the Dasyus in their
     distant dwelling.
5. This doest thou, and art not harmed, O Indra, e'en in the anger of the strongest mortal.
     Lay thou the race-course open for our horses: as with a club, slay, Thunder-armed! our foemen.
6. Hence men invoke thee, Indra, in the tumult of battle, in the light-bestowing conflict.
     This aid of thine, O Godlike One, was ever to be implored in deeds of might in combat.
7. Warring for Purukutsa thou, O Indra, Thunder-armed! breakest down the seven castles;
     Easily, for Sudas, like grass didst rend them, and out of need, King, broughtest gain to Puru.
8. O Indra, God who movest round about us, feed us with varied food plenteous as water-
     Food wherewithal, O Hero, thou bestowest vigour itself to flow to us for ever.
9. Prayers have been made by Gotamas, O Indra, addressed to thee, with laud for thy Bay Horses.
     Bring us in noble shape abundant riches. May he, enriched with prayer, come soon and early.