Hear me, O Death, whose empire unconfined
Extends to mortal tribes of every kind.
On thee the portion of our time depends,
Whose absence lengthens life, whose presence ends.
Thy sleep perpetual bursts the vivid folds
By which the soul attracting body holds:
Common to all, of every sex and age,
For naught escapes thy all-destructive rage.
Not youth itself thy clemency can gain,
Vigorous and strong, by thee untimely slain.
In thee the end of nature’s works is known,
In thee, all judgment is absolved alone.
No suppliant arts thy dreadful rage control,
No vows revoke the purpose of thy soul.
O blessed power, regard my ardent prayer,
And human life to age abundant spare.