The Rig Veda/Mandala 10/Hymn 46

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The Rig Veda
Mandala 10, Hymn 46
Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith
1. STABLISHED for thee, to lend thee vital forces, Giver of wealth, Guard of his servant's body.
     The Great Priest, born, who knows the clouds, Abider with men, is seated in the lap of waters.
2. Worshipping, seeking him with adoration like some lost creature followed by its footprints,
     Wise Bhrgus, yearning in their hearts, pursued him, and found him lurking where the floods are gathered.
3. On the Cow's forehead, with laborious searching, Trita, the offspring of Vibhiavas, found him.
     Born in our houses, Youthful, joy-bestower, he now becomes the central point of brightness.
4. Yearning, with homage, they have set and made him blithe Priest among mankind, oblation-bearer,
     Leader of rites and Purifier, envoy of men, as sacrifice that still advances.
5. The foolish brought the ne'er-bewildered forward, great, Victor, Song-inspirer, Fort-destroyer.
     Leading the Youth gold-bearded, like a courser gleaming with wealth, they turned their hymn to profit.
6. Holding his station firmly in the houses, Trita sat down within his home surrounded
     Thence, as Law bids, departs the Tribes' Companion having collected men with no compulsion.
7. His are the fires, eternal, purifying, that make the houses move, whose smoke is shining,
     White, waxing in their strength, for ever stirring, and sitting in the wood; like winds are Somas.
8. The tongue of Agni bears away the praisesong, and, through his care for Earth, her operations.
     Him, bright and radiant, living men have stablished as their blithe Priest, the Chief of Sacrificers.
9. That Agni, him whom Heaven and Earth engendered, the Waters. Tvastar, and with might, the Bhrgus,
     Him Matarisvan and the Gods have fashioned holy for man and first to be entreated.
10. Agni, whom Gods have made oblationbearer, and much-desiring men regard as holy,
     Give life to him who lauds thee when he worships, and then shall glorious men in troops adore thee.