Great Esculapius, skilled to heal mankind,
All-ruling Paean, and physician kind;
Whose arts medicinal, can alone assuage
Diseases dire, and stop their dreadful rage.
Strong, lenient God, regard my suppliant prayer,
Bring gentle Health, adorned with lovely hair;
Convey the means of mitigating pain,
And raging deadly pestilence restrain.
O power all-flourishing, abundant, bright,
Apollo’s honored offspring, God of light;
Husband of blameless Health, the constant foe
Of dread disease, the minister of woe:
Come, blessed savior, human health defend,
And to my life afford a prosperous end.