Note: The last line is not published here, as it uses a bodily humor pun
Iphis erat mulier: latitantem in veste virili
vicini, immo pater credidit esse marem.
Deceptus genitor pulcram huic despondet Ianthem:
cum sponsa sponsa ut virgine virgo cubet.
Taede accenduntur: procedit nupta, Cythere,
Et Iuno praesens...et Hymen...
[et] potitur namque Iphis Ianthe.
--Faustus Sabaeus, Picta Poesis Ovidiana (1580)
Iphis was a woman. By hiding in a man’s clothing
Even her father believed she was a man.
Her father promised her in marriage to pretty Ianthe,
A bride for a bride, a woman marrying a woman.
The day of the wedding draws near…
The bride approaches…
Venus was there
And Juno was there
And Hymen was there...
and Iphis ended up marrying Ianthe.
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