UPON PRUDENCE BALDWIN: HER SICKNESS.
by Robert Herrick
PRUE, my dearest maid, is sick,
Almost to be lunatic :
Æsculapius ! come and bring
means for her recovering ;
And a gallant cock shall be
Offer'd up by her to thee.
Cock, the traditional offering to Æsculapius ;
cp. the last words of Socrates.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 152.