HYMN XXVII. The Falcon.

I, as I lay within the womb, considered all generations of these Devas in order.

A hundred iron fortresses confined me but forth I flew with rapid speed a Falcon.

Not at his own free pleasure did he bear me: he conquered with his strength and manly courage. Straightway the Bold One left the fiends behind him and passed the winds as he grew yet more mighty.

When with loud cry from Heaven down sped the Falcon, thence hasting like the wind he bore the Bold One. Then, wildly raging in his mind, the archer Kแน›ล›ฤnu aimed and loosed the string to strike him.

The Falcon bore him from Heaven's lofty summit as the swift car of Indra's Friend bore Bhujyu. Then downward hither fell a flying feather of the Bird hasting forward in his journey.

And now let Indra accept the beaker, white, filled with milk, filled with the shining liquid; The best of sweet meath which the monks have offered: that Indra to his jo. May drink, the Hero, that h. May take and drink it to his rapture.