Iudith hir song of praise and thankesgiuing, which she, togither with all the people, made for their deliuerance from the hands of the Assyrians, by the destruction of Holophernes.
BEgin vnto my God with Timbrels: sing vn∣to my Lord with Cimbals: O tune vnto him a Psalme, and sing a new song of thankesgi∣uing vnto him, exalt his praise, be ioifull, and call vpon his name.
For it is the Lord that destroieth wars, and brea∣keth battels, euen the Lord is his name.
It is God, which hath pitched his tents, or campe in the mids of his people, and deliuered me and them out of the hands of all the persecutors our enimies.
Assur came out from the mountaines of the north, in the multitude of his strength, he came with thou∣sands in his armie: so that the multitude of his peo∣ple stopped the water brookes, and their horses coue∣red the vallies.
He purposed to haue burnt vp my borders and land, and said that he would kill my yoong men with the sword, & dash the suckling children against the ground, and lead awaie my children, and my virgins as a praie or spoile into captiuitie.
But the almightie Lord hindered him, and deli∣uered him into the hands of a woman, which hath brought him to naught and confusion.
For the mightie [Holophernes] did not fall, nor was destroied by the yoong men. It was not the sonnes of Page 45 Titan that slue him, neither haue the great giants inuaded him, or set themselues against him: but Iu∣dith the daughter of Merari, with hir faire beautie and comlie countenance hath discomfited and brought him to naught.
For she put off, and laid awaie the garment of hir widowhood, and put on the apparell of gladnesse, for the exaltation and reioicing of those that were op∣pressed in Israel.
She annointed hir face with ointment, and bound vp hir heare in a coife, and tooke a new stole or linnen garment to beguile him.
Hir slippers rauished his eies, hir beautie captiua∣ted and tooke his mind prisoner, with the sword or faul∣chin smote she off his head.
The Persians were astonished at hir boldnesse: and the Medes were troubled with hir hardinesse.
But mine afflicted reioiced, and my feeble ones that appeared drie of thirst, showted for ioie: then [the Persi∣ans and Medes] feared, they lift vp their voice and how∣led, and turned backe.
The children of maides, or the sonnes of the daugh∣ters haue pierced them through, and wounded them as they fled awaie like fugitiue children: they perished in the battell for the verie feare of the Lord my God.
I will sing vnto the Lord a song of thankesgiuing: a new song of praise will I sing vnto my God.
O Lord, Lord, thou art a great and glorious GOD, maruellous mightie and inuincible in power, whom no man may ouercome.
Let all thy creatures serue thee. For thou spakest but the word, and they were made: thou sentest thy spi∣rit, and they were created: and there is none that can resist or withstand thy voice.
For the mountaines mooue, and leape vp from their foundations with the waters: the stonie rocks melt Page 46 at thy presence like waxe: yet thou art mercifull to them that feare thee.
For all sacrifices are too little for a sweet sauour, and all the fat is too little for thy burnt offering. But they that feare thee, O Lord, shall be great with thee in all things at all times.
Wo to the people and nations that rise vp against my generation and kindred. For the almightie Lord will take vengeance himselfe of them, and in the daie of iudgement will hee visit them, in sending fire and woormes in their flesh, and they shall burne, and feele them, and weepe for euermore: So be it.