Hymn to Indra (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-13)  CPDL #42288:        (Sibelius 8)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2016-12-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Copyright CPDL 2016.

General Information

Title: Hymn to Indra
Composer: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1912
Description: Originally publish as part of the Rig Veda for male voices. Publisher Stainer and Bell

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Who is he of lofty power, guardian of the Gods?
Who supports the heavens alone?
He, O men is Indra!

When the mountains shake with fear, when the earth is quaking,
who is he that holds all fast?
He, O men is Indra!

When the dragon of drought has seized the clouds
and rain like to kine he gathered them to his cave.
Who was the hero that heard our prayers?
Who was the warrior thunder armed?
He, O men is Indra!

Who rushed to the battlefield, wrathfully?
Who with fierce resistless might charged the foe?
Who was he who smote the fiend down to earth who with one blow slew him?
He, O men is Indra!

Who released the captive clouds, gave the dry land showers, made the rivers freely flow?
He, O men is Indra!

Who is he, the generous one who to those that worship giveth strength and victory?
He, O men is Indra!

Who is he whose name we call in the fight?
Who doth make his worshippers conquerors?
He the Bull, the mighty one, fierce and true, the thunder-armed, Lord of heaven and Chief of Gods,
He, O men is Indra!

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