Hear, strenuous Hercules, untamed and strong,
To whom grand works and powerful hands belong,
Titan untamed, rejoicing and benign,
Of various forms, eternal and divine.
Father of Time, the theme of general praise,
Ineffable, adored in various ways,
Magnanimous, in divination skilled,
And in the athletic labors of the field.
It’s thine, strong archer, all things to devour,
Supreme, all-helping, all-producing power.
To thee mankind as their deliverer pray,
Whose arm can chase the savage tribes away.
Unwearied, earth’s best blossom, offspring fair,
To whom calm peace and peaceful works are dear.
Self-born, with primogenial fires you shine,
And various names, and strength of heart are thine:
Thy mighty head supports the morning light,
And bears, untamed, the silent gloomy night;
From east to west, endued with strength divine,
Twelve glorious labors to absolve is thine;
Supremely skilled, thou reigns in heaven’s abodes,
Thyself a God, amid the immortal Gods.
With arms unshaken, infinite, divine,
Come, blessed power, and to our rites incline;
The mitigations of disease convey,
And drive disastrous maladies away.
Come, shake the branch with thy almighty arm,
Dismiss thy darts, and noxious fate disarm.