Judith, lines 1-94a

Judith has been captured by the evil Holofernes, the ruler of the Assyrians.  Holofernes holds a banquet at which he and his men become very drunk.  Later, her commands that Judith be brought to his bed.

Holofernes’ bed is surrounded by a golden fly-net so that he can spy upon his soldiers, but none can see him.  Once Judith is in the bed pavilion, the retainers inform Holofernes, who intends to defile Judith.  But Holofernes collapses in drunkenness.  Judith draws his sword and calls upon God for strength.

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