1. FULL wise is he who hath discerned: let him speak to us of the Gods, – The man whose praise-songs Varuṇa the beautiful, or Mitra, loves. 2 For they are Kings of noblest might, of glorious fame most widely spread; Lords of the brave, who strengthen Law, the Holy Ones with every race. 3 Approaching you with prayer for aid, together I address you first. We who have good steeds call on you, Most Sage, to give us strength besides. 4 E’en out of misery Mitra gives a way to dwelling at our case, For he who worships hath the grace of Mitra, fighter in the van. ‘ 5 In Mitra’s shelter that extends to utmost distance may we dwell, Unmenaced, guarded by the care, ever as sons of Varuṇa. 6 Ye, Mitra, urge this people on, and to one end direct their ways. Neglect not ye the wealthy chiefs, neglect not us the Ṛṣis: be our guardians when ye quaff the milk.