to his daughters he gave what is more precious than all
earthly goods, to each of them one riband of the celestial
girdle he had received from God. The magic virtue of these
ribands was such that no sooner did their possessors tie them
around their waists than they were transformed into higher
beings, and with seraphic voices they broke out into hymns
after the manner of the angels.

For three days Job lay upon his bed, sick though not suffering,
for the celestial girdle made him proof against
pain. On the fourth day he saw the angels descend to fetch
his soul. He arose from his bed, handed a cithern to his
oldest daughter Jemimah, "Day," a censer to the second
one, Keziah, "Perfume," and a cymbal to the third, Amaltheas,
"Horn," and bade them welcome the angels with the

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