Judith, lines 199-289a

Inspired, the Bethulians prepare for battle.  The Beasts of Battle (wolf, raven, and the eagle eager for eats) rejoice.  The Bethulians attack the Assyrians and are winning the battle.

Holofernes’ men gather at his pavilion, but no one dares awaken him after his assumed lechery with Judith.  The men begin to cough and make noise and grind their teeth, but still no one comes out of the tent.   Finally one soldier risks going inside and sees Holofernes’ decapitated body.   He rushes back out to the other soldiers and laments that he has now seen the sign of the upcoming defeat of the Assyrians: the headless body of Holofernes.

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