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tám u stusa índaram yó vídâno
gírvâhasam gîrbhír yajñávrddham
yásya dívam áti mahnâ´ prthivyâ´h
purumâyásya riricé mahitvám
sá ít támo avayunám tatanvát
sû´riyena vayúnavac cakâra
kadâ´ te mártâ amr´tasya dhâ´ma
íyaksanto ná minanti svadhâvah
yás tâ´ cakâ´ra sá kúha svid índrah
kám â´ jánam carati kâ´su viksú
kás te yajñó mánase çám várâya
kó arká indra katamáh sá hótâ
idâ´ hí te vévisatah purâjâ´h
pratnâ´sa âsúh purukrt sákhâyah
yé madhyamâ´sa utá nû´tanâsa
utâ´vamásya puruhûta bodhi
tám prchánto ávarâsah párâni
pratnâ´ ta indra çrútiyâ´nu yemuh
árcâmasi vîra brahmavâho
yâ´d evá vidmá tâ´t tvâ mahâ´ntam
Him now I praise, Indra, who is wise,
Brought by song, by means of songs, strengthened by worship;
Of whom -- beyond heaven in greatness, wonderful --
The majesty exceeds the earth.
He it is makes the darkness, extending without distinction
With the sun to be distinct.
When do mortals, longing to worship the just law of you, the immortal one,
Not transgress it, O self-powerful?
Who does those things, where pray is that Indra?
What people does he frequent, among which settlements?
Which worship is blessed, O Indra, to your understanding,
To your wish; which eulogy, which the celebrant of many?
For at this moment there are belonging to you, O indefatigable one, those born aforetime,
Ancient friends, you who does much;
Those who are from the middle past, and those now existing,
And, O much invoked, observe the most recent one.
Invoking him, the more recent ones
Have reached out to your former ancient deeds of fame, Indra.
Just in as much as we understand,
So do we praise you, hero brought by prayer, mighty one.