De Annunciatione B. Virginis


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 66.


Ardens Virgineo Phoebus1 velatus amictu,       Mitius ardentes dirigit inde faces. Sic deus intactae nivea modo Virginis alvo       Velatus fundit mitis in Orbe faces.

In the title: The Annunciation refers to the visitation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, as recorded in Luke 1:26-38. Gabriel announces to Mary that she has found favor with God and will bear a son, Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary responds by saying “May it be to me according to your word.” 1 Phoebus, another name for the Greek god Apollo, often associated with the sun.


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