De eadem.


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 69.



Foemina, fortis, ovans, salvavit, fregit, adivit,1 Terram, Erebum,2 Coelum, lege,3 dolore, Deo.

1 Following Catholic theology, Mary did not die but was bodily assumed into heaven. 2 Erebrus is a god from Greek mythology associated with darkness. He was born from Chaos and is sometimes a synonym for part of the Underworld. 3 Literally ‘law,’ but translated as ‘faith’ here, following later uses in Catholic Latin writing.


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