De iisdem


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 53.



Purpura, sceptra deo flectuntur, corpora Regum.       Pugnax solus homo flectere corda negat.

In the title: A reference to the Magi from Matthew 2:1-12. Having seen a star which signaled that the King of the Jews been born, wise men (or Magi) travelled from the east to Judea to worship him. The star led them to Bethlehem where Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living. The Magi worshipped Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Christians celebrate this every year in the Feast of the Epiphany.


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