In librum


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae Virginis Neapolitanae Musa Posthuma. Google Books. Romae: apud Antonium Bulifon, 1701, p. 132.


Praecipis ex isto demi mala carmina libro.       Si mala sustuleris, quid reliquum fuerit?

N.B. It should be noted this is the last poem of the original text Musa Posthuma. We have no evidence that Marchina knew Macedo would publish her work posthumously or whether she was asked to provide input on the order of her poems for publication while she was still alive. Whatever her intention was with this poem, one reading it now might want to consider what Marchina thought of her own writing and its reception during her lifetime.


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