Aescalapian power

July 12, 2007 § Leave a comment

When vital spirits are depress’d,
And heavy languor cloggs the breast,
Comforting Hope! ’tis thine to cure,
Devoid of Esculapian power;
For oft thy friendly aid avails,
When all the strength of physic fails.
Nay, even though death should aim his dart,
I know he lifts his arm in vain,
Since thou this lesson can’st impart,
Mankind but die to live again.

– From “Ode to Hope” by Robert Fergusson (1750-1774)

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