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1Fort-render, Lord of Wealth, dispelling foemen, Indra with
   lightnings hath o'ercome the Dāsa.
  Impelled by prayer and waxen great in body, he hath filled
   earth and heaven, the bounteous Giver.
2I stimulate this zeal, the Strong, the Hero, decking my song of
   praise for thee Immortal.
  O Indra, thou art equally the leader of heavenly hosts and
   human generations.
3Leading his band Indra encompassed Vritra; weak grew the wily
   leader enchanters.
  He who burns fierce in forests slaughtered Vyansa, and made
   the milch-kine of nights apparent.
4Indra, light-winner, days' creator, conquered, as guardian, hostile
   bands with those who loved him.
  For man the days' bright ensign he illumined, and found the
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5Forward to fiercely falling blows pressed Indra, hero-like doing
   many hero exploits.
  Those holy songs he taught the bard who praised him, and
   widely spread these Dawns' resplendent colour.
6They laud the mighty acts of him the mighty, the many glorious
   deeds performed by Indra.
  He in his strength, with all-surpassing prowess, through wond-
   rous arts crushed the malignant Dasyus.
7Lord of the brave, Indra who rules the people gave freedom to
   the Gods by might and battle.
  Wise singers glorify with chanted praises these his achievements
   in Vivasvān's dwelling.
8Excellent, conqueror, the victory-giver, the winner of the light
   and godlike waters,
  He who hath won this broad earth and this heaven,—in Indra
   they rejoice who love devotions.
9He gained possession of the Sun and horses; Indra obtained
   the cow who feedeth many.
  Treasure of gold he won; he smote the Dasyus and gave protec-
   tion to the race of Aryas.
10He took the plants and days for his possession; he gained the
   forest trees and air's mid-region.
  Vala he cleft, and chased away opponents: thus was he tamer
   of the overweening.
11Call we on Maghavan, auspicious Indra, best Hero in the fight
   where spoil is gathered,
  The Strong, who listens, who gives aid in battles, who slays the
  Vritras, wins and gathers treasures.

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