Letters of John Huss Written During His Exile and Imprisonment/Letter 34, To the Noble Lord, Henry de Schopeck

For other English-language translations of this work, see Letter of Jan Hus to Henry Skopek de Duba (2).



May God be with you, noble Henry! I received your letter on the Wednesday before the fete of Saint Vitus, and it caused a great joy, although in prison, and in the expectation of death. I conjure you, my dear lord, to live according to God’s law, keeping in your soul those things which you have heard and learned of me. If, nevertheless, some of them appear to you unworthy of being preserved, reject them. I hope, however, I have taught you nothing concerning our Lord which was against the law of God. I could write at great length on this subject; but I will say in few words, “Keep the commandments of God, be merciful unto the poor, shun pride; bear in mind these words, ‘Remember what thou art, what thou wert, and what thou shalt be. . . .’” Beloved lord, keep me also in remembrance; salute for me your noble wife, your family, and all my friends; for I presume, that before my death, which is hastening on, you will never see me more; and this death I am ready for.

Written on the fifth day before the festival of Saint Vitus.

May God be with you, my dear Bohemians, and with me! for I am suffering for his Word.