del Primo Secolo1 Text,
The extraordinary outburst of Italian poetry that culminated in the work of Dante
and his circle had its source in the Sicilian court of Frederick II (1194-1250). Frederick himself
wrote poetry, some of which has been authenticated, but this work is probably not his. See
on the Emperor and this poem, which DGR speculates may be an allegory on the empire.
DGR's source is the text in
del Primo Secolo (I. 55-57).
As with most of DGR's translations, this one cannot be exactly fixed.
It is probably a fairly early work, however—done in the late 1840s.
The translation was first published in 1861 in
Early Italian Poets; it was reprinted in 1874 in
and his Circle.