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Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 70.


Nigra sum, sed &c.1

Pulchrae (Sponse) genae, sed per te; ut pulchra colores, Sole repercusso, discolor Iris2 habet.

1 This poem is inspired by Song of Solomon 1:5-6. However, the explanation Marchina gives in the poem itself is not the one provided in the original text. 2 Iris, according to classical mythology, was the goddess of the rainbow.


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