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The Śatapaṭcaśatka, the 'Hymn in a Hundred and Fifty Verses' is a Sanskrit poem in praise of the Buddha dating from the golden age of Indian Buddhist literature, approximately 1st to 3rd centuries CE. The author, Mātṛceṭa, was a convert from Hinduism and used his very considerable poetic skills to produce this and several other works of great beauty and originality. In 13 chapters he praises the Buddha's compassion, his voice, his skilful means in teaching others, even his physical beauty. The Śatapaṭcaśatka was an essential part of the curriculum for monks and nuns in ancient times and remained popular in India right up to the demise of Buddhism there.