Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 96.


Deo votis consecratus.

Rex, miles, dives; transcendo, vinco, relinquo;       Sidera, corda, aurum; lege, pudore, fuga.

In the title: While the identity of this religious man cannot be known for certain, this poem is likely about St. Giles given that the poem immediately preceding it was also about him. According to Catholic tradition, St. Giles (c. 650 – c. 710 C.E.) was a prince of Athens who gave his title up to become a hermit.


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