HYMN L. Devas.

I CALL with prayers on Aditi your Goddess, on Agni, Indra for favour, On Aryaman who gives unasked, the gracious, on Devas who save, on Indra and Bhaga.

Visit, to prove us free from sin, O Sūrya Lord of great might, the bright Devas sprung from Dakṣa, Twice-born and true, observing sacred duties, Holy and full of light, whose tongue is Agni.

And, O ye Heaven and Earth, a wide dominion, O ye most blissful Worlds, our lofty shelter, Give ample room and freedom for our dwelling, a home, ye Hemispheres, which non. May rival.

This day invite. May the Sons of Soma, resistless, excellent, stoop down to meet us; For, when beset with slight or sore affliction, we ever call upon the Devas, the Devas;

To whom the Goddess Rodasī clings closely, whom Pūṣan follows bringing ample bounty.

What time ye hear our call and come, O Devas, upon your separate path all creatures tremble.

With a new hymn extol, O thou who singest, the Lover of the Song, the Hero Indra, may he, exalted, hear our invocation, and grant us mighty wealth and strength when lauded.

Give full protection, Friends of man, ye Waters, in peace and trouble, to our sons and grandsons. For ye are our most motherly physicians, parents of all that standeth, all that moveth.

May Indra come hither and approach us who rescues, Holy, goldenhanded who, bounteous as the face of Morning, discloses precious gifts for him who worships.

And thou, O Son of Strength, do thou turn hither the Devas to-day to this our holy service. May I forevermore enjoy thy bounty and, Agni, by thy grace be rich in heroes.

Come also to my call, O ye Nāsatyas, yea, verily, through my meditations, ye Holy Sages. As from great darkness ye delivered Atri, protect us, Chiefs, from danger in the conflict.

O Devas, bestow upon us riches, splendid with strength and heroes, bringing food in plenty. Be gracious, helpful Devas of Earth, of Heaven, born of the Cow, and dwellers in the waters.

May Soma and Sarasvatī, accordant, Indra and Soma, pour down gifts and bless us; Ṛbhukṣan, Vāja, and divine Vidhatar, Parjanya, Vāta make our food abundant.

May this Deva Indra, the Lord, the Offspring of Waters, pouring down his dew be gracious, and, with the Devas and Dames accordant, Tvaṣṭar; Devas with the Devas and Prthivi with oceans.

May Aja-Ekapād and Ahibudhnya, and Earth and Ocean hear our invocation; All Devas who strengthen Law, invoked and lauded, and holy texts uttered by sages, help us.

So with my thoughts and hymns of praise the children of Bharadvāja sing aloud to please you. The Dames invoked, and the resistless Devas, and all ye Holy Ones have been exalted.