De eadem Virgin. Ac Mart.


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 76.



Quis tandem in teneras furor est saevire papillas?       Cum spernit saevas Virgo tenella manus. En quod secta duplex in Virgine syllaba1 reddit,       Impie2 si nescis Ubera secta docent.

In the title: This poem is also about St. Agatha. 1 Here, this means ‘verses,’ though it can also mean ‘syllable’ or ‘letter.’ This poem is self-referential in that it is through the power of poetry that St. Agatha is restored. 2 Impie is vocative.


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