HYMN Xl. Agni.

AGNI is Monk, the great High Monk of offering, most swift in act: He knows the rite in constant course.

Oblation-bearer, deathless, well inclined, an eager messenger, Agni comes nigh us with the thought.

Ensign of offering from of old, Agni well knoweth with his thought To prosper this man's aim and hope.

Agni, illustrious from old time, the Son of Strength who knows all lifes have made to their Monk.

Infallible is Agni, he who goes before the tribes of men, a chariot swift and ever new.

Strength of the Devas which non. May harm, subduing all his enemies, Agni is mightiest in fame.

By offering sacred food to him the mortal worshipper obtains.

A home from him whose light makes pure.

From Agni, by our hymns. May we gain all things that bring happiness, Singers of him who knows all life.

O Agni, in our deeds of migh. May we obtain all precious things: Tle Devas are centred all in thee.