Carmen de uirginitate

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Title

Carmen de uirginitate

Creator

Aldhelm

Date

690-709

Source

Aldhelmi opera, ed. Rudolf Ehwald, MGH, Auctores Antiquissimi 15 (Berlin: Weidmann, 1919), 457

Identifier

Aldh.Carm.uirg.

Language

Latin

Subject

CPL 1333

Description

Aldhelm

Publisher

BWH

Contributor

BWH

Relation

References Biblical Judith

Format

verse

Type

poetry

Coverage

lines 115-25

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Text

Quid referam Iudith generosa stirpe creatam
Prostibulum regis temnentem corpore puro
Et stuprum sceleris calcantem corde profanum?
Civibus idcirco mortis discrimina passis
Casta cruentatum gestavit bulga tropeum
Servans integrum devota mente pudorem.
Sic vitium carnis polluta sorde nocentis
Integritas almo contemnit casta triumpho
Aemula virgineis proturbans bella sabittis,
Lurida prostibuli ne possit serpere virus
In fibras fragiles succensis torre medullis. (lines 115-25)
What shall I say of Judith, born of noble stock, who with her pure body scorned the king’s brothel and despised with her heart the loathsome disgrace of sin? When her fellow citizens had endured dangers of death, the chaste girl carried the blood-spattered trophy in a sack, while she devoutly preserved undefiled her womanly honor. Thus pure chastity rejects in blessed triumph the vice of wicked flesh with its defiled filth, repulsing rivaling conflicts with virtuous arrows, lest the lurid poison of the brothel creep into the delicate fibers of the body and scorch the marrow with fire.

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Citation

Aldhelm, “Carmen de uirginitate,” Book of Judith, accessed October 17, 2017, http://bookofjudith.lib.uconn.edu/items/show/3.