HYMN VIII. Agni – Rig Veda – Book 4

HYMN VIII. Agni: Rig Veda – Book 4 – Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator

दूतं वो विश्ववेदसं हव्यवाहम अमर्त्यम |
यजिष्ठम रञ्जसे गिरा ||
स हि वेदा वसुधितिम महां आरोधनं दिवः |
स देवां एह वक्षति ||
स वेद देव आनमं देवां रतायते दमे |
दाति परियाणि चिद वसु ||
स होता सेद उ दूत्यं चिकित्वां अन्तर ईयते |
विद्वां आरोधनं दिवः ||
ते सयाम ये अग्नये ददाशुर हव्यदातिभिः |
य ईम पुष्यन्त इन्धते ||
ते राया ते सुवीर्यैः ससवांसो वि शर्ण्विरे |
ये अग्ना दधिरे दुवः ||
अस्मे रायो दिवे-दिवे सं चरन्तु पुरुस्प्र्हः |
अस्मे वाजास ईरताम ||
स विप्रश चर्षणीनां शवसा मानुषाणाम |
अति कषिप्रेव विध्यति ||

dūtaṃ vo viśvavedasaṃ havyavāham amartyam |
yajiṣṭham ṛñjase ghirā ||
sa hi vedā vasudhitim mahāṃ ārodhanaṃ divaḥ |
sa devāṃ eha vakṣati ||
sa veda deva ānamaṃ devāṃ ṛtāyate dame |
dāti priyāṇi cid vasu ||
sa hotā sed u dūtyaṃ cikitvāṃ antar īyate |
vidvāṃ ārodhanaṃ divaḥ ||
te syāma ye aghnaye dadāśur havyadātibhiḥ |
ya īm puṣyanta indhate ||
te rāyā te suvīryaiḥ sasavāṃso vi śṛṇvire |
ye aghnā dadhire duvaḥ ||
asme rāyo dive-dive saṃ carantu puruspṛhaḥ |
asme vājāsa īratām ||
sa vipraś carṣaṇīnāṃ śavasā mānuṣāṇām |
ati kṣipreva vidhyati ||

English Translation

Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith

1. YOUR envoy who possesses all, Immortal, bearer of your gifts,
Best worshipper, I woo with song.

2 He, Mighty, knows the gift of wealth, he knows the deep recess of heaven:
He shall bring hitherward the Gods.

3 He knows, a God himself, to guide Gods to the righteous in his home:
He gives e’en treasures that we love.

4 He is the Herald: well-informed, he doth his errand to and fro,
Knowing the deep recess of heaven.

5 May we be they who gratify Agni with sacrificial gifts,
Who cherish and enkindle him.

6 Illustrious for wealth are they, and hero deeds, victorious,
Who have served Agni reverently.

7 So unto us, day after day, may riches craved by many come,
And power and might spring up for us.

8 That holy Singer in his strength shoots forth his arrows swifter than
The swift shafts of the tribes of men.