The letters of John Hus/Letter 81, To Wenzel de Duba

For other English-language translations of this work, see Letter of Jan Hus to Wenzel de Duba.

LXXXI. To Wenzel de Duba

(June 29, 1415)

I am delighted to hear that Baron Wenzel intends to marry and flee the vanities of the world. And indeed it is a high time, for he hath for a long time ridden to and fro through the countries, broken lances, wearied his body, spent his money, and hurt his soul. It now, therefore, remains for him to throw these things aside and serve God quietly at home with his wife, and have servants of his own. It will be better[1] to serve God at home and enjoy a happy life without sin and toil, waited on by others, than to be burdened ofttimes with heavy and grievous toils, to run risks of losing his life, and to watch the movements of others. Let this advice be repeated and brought home to one who hath done me so many kindnesses. God is still upholding the life of Hus by His might; yea, and will uphold it so long as He wills, against the proud, greedy, and in divers ways unconscionable Council, wherein the Lord knoweth them that are His.

Sent off on the day of SS. Peter and Paul, at the time of the evening meal.[2]

  1. The rest of the letter, save the date, is in Czech.
  2. Ad carnam the day at Constance would end at about 7.30 at this time, and the ‘cœna’ be at six at the latest.