With a slow movement, he raised three times the Asperges brush, and he purified him with a gentle rain.
Asperges me hyssopo et mundabor, lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Much hyssop grows here, Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor.
1550s, from Latin asperges, 2nd person singular future indicative of aspergere "to scatter, strew upon, sprinkle," from ad "to" (see ad-) + spargere "to sprinkle" (see sparse). The word is taken from the phrase Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, from Psalm 51 (Vulgate), sung during the rite of sprinkling a congregation with holy water.