In vetulam loquacem.


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae Virginis Neapolitanae Musa Posthuma. Google Books. Romae: apud Antonium Bulifon, 1701, p. 129.



Odi verbosos: ego servo silentia dicis.       Tune silere potes? Ceu modo, non aliter.

In the title: The title (likely the editor Macedo’s) suggests this poem ridicules an old woman, although the poem itself does not indicate the gender of the addressee. 1 This poem, like “In loquacem,” can be interpreted as a conversation between the poem’s speaker and an interlocutor. We have chosen not to include quotation marks in order to preserve the poem’s original punctuation.


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