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LA REPUBLICQUE.

Salut Publicque.

Aisculape[1] est sur les autelz perché,
Soubz ung cruel serpent, doulx Dieu caché:
Malades vont vers luy faire oraison,
Il leur faict signe, & donne guerison.

Aisculape souverain medicin, filz de Apollon
inventeur de Medicine, estimé Dieu de Me-
dicine, Fut par une grande pestilence trans-
porté d’Epidaure (qui est Albanie) à Rom
me
, en guise d’ung serpent grand, & privé,
sans mal faire: à la venue duquel la Pestilence
cessa, & tous malades furent gueriz. Parquoy
par luy est signifié salut public. Ce que plus
tost & mieulx pourroit estre dict, du serpent
d’aerain, pendu par Moses au desert, le regard
duquel guerissoit ceulx qui estoient mors
des serpens enflamméz, praefigurant Jesuchrist
pendu en croix. Le vray Aisculape des ames.

Notes:

1.  Aesculapius, son of Phoebus [Apollo] and god of medicine and healing. His main sanctuary and centre of healing was near Epidaurus in Greece. The god’s epiphany and symbol was a snake, and a number of sacred snakes were kept at the sanctuary. One of these was brought to Rome in 293 BC in hopes of stopping an outbreak of plague. The snake made its home on the Island in the Tiber, where a shrine and medical centre was subsequently built. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 15.626ff.


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