As with the Italian cradle song
“Bambino Fasciato” and
the other Italian song titled “Barcarola”,
we know this work from the manuscript drafts that DGR copied into notebooks he used in the 1870s. This
short piece is the best of these songs and is, indeed, quite a delicate piece of work. The most complete
draft is at Duke.
First printed by WMR from an unknown manuscript in volume I (page 375) of his
1886 collected edition of
DGR's works, and collected thereafter.
The song may be loosely rendered thus: What thing is more than a coffin? And who called it that? Will
we be happy there? A land never still, and an unthundering sea.