Psychomachia

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Title

Psychomachia

Creator

Prudentius

Date

405-10

Source

Aurelii Prudentii Clementis, Carmina, ed. Maurice P. Cunningham, CCSL 126 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1966), 153-4

Identifier

Prud.Psych.

Language

Latin

Subject

CPL 1441

Description

Prudentius

Publisher

BWH

Contributor

BWH

Relation

References Biblical Judith

Format

verse

Type

poetry

Coverage

lines 58-71a

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Text

Tene, o uexatrix hominum, potuisse resumptis
uiribus extincti capitis recalescere flatu,
Assyriam postquam thalamum ceruix Olofernis
caesa cupidineo madefactum sanguine lauit,
gemmantemque torum moechi ducis aspera Iudith
spreuit et incestos conpescuit ense furores,
famosum mulier referens ex hoste tropaeum
non trepidante manu uindex mea caelitus audax?
At fortasse parum fortis matrona sub umbra
Legis adhuc pugnans, dum tempora in corpora fluxit
Grande per infirmos caput excisura ministros.
Numquid et intactae post partum uirginis ullum
fas tibi iam superest? (lines 58-71a)

Have you, O plague of men, your strength renewed,
Grown warm again with breath of life once quenched,
Long after Holofernes’ severed head
Drenched his Assyrian bed with lustful blood,
And Judith, scorning his bejeweled couch
Stopped short his impure passion with the sword,
And, woman though she was, brought back the prize,
Avenging me with valor heaven-inspired.
This woman, fighting still beneath the Law,
Had little strength, though of out age a type,
When into earthly frames true power has flowed,
Through which weak hands cut off a mighty head.
Now that a Virgin has brought forth a Child,
Where is your power?

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Citation

Prudentius, “Psychomachia,” Book of Judith, accessed October 17, 2017, http://bookofjudith.lib.uconn.edu/items/show/49.