Epistula ad Furiam de uiduitate seruanda

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Title

Epistula ad Furiam de uiduitate seruanda

Creator

Jerome

Date

395-6

Source

Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, ed. Isidore Hilberg, 3 vols., CSEL 54-6 (Vienna: F. Templsky, 1910-18), 1:483-4

Identifier

Hier.Epist.54

Language

Latin

Subject

CPL 620.54

Description

Jerome

Publisher

BWH

Contributor

BWH

Relation

References Biblical Judith

Format

prose

Type

letter

Coverage

16

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Text

Legimus Iudith—si cui tamen placet uolumen recipere—uiduam confectam ieiuniis et habitu lugubri sordidatam, quae non lugebat mortuum uirum, sed squalore corporis sponsi quaerebat aduentum. Uideo armatam gladio manu, cruentam dexteram, recognosco caput Holofernae de mediis hostibus reportatum. Uincet uiros femina et castitas truncate libidinem habituque repente mutate ad uictrices sordes redit omnibus saeculi cultibus mundiores.
We read in Judith—if any one is of opinion that it should be received as canonical—of a widow wasted with fasting and wearing the somber garb of a mourner, whose outward squalor indicated not so much the regret which she felt for her dead husband as the temper in which she looked forward to the coming of the Bridegroom. I see her hand armed with the sword and stained with blood, I recognize the head of Holofernes which she has carried away from the camp of the enemy. Here a woman vanquishes men, and chastity beheads lust. Quickly changing her garb, she puts on once more in the hour of victory her own mean dress finer than all the splendors of the world.

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Citation

Jerome, “Epistula ad Furiam de uiduitate seruanda,” Book of Judith, accessed October 17, 2017, http://bookofjudith.lib.uconn.edu/items/show/41.