Rossetti Archive

Some of Rossetti's most important poetry comes to us in his translations, which are “original” work in several senses. He undertook the project of translating a large corpus of early Italian poetry, including Dante's earlier poetry, with the explicit intention of trying to emulate its aesthetic achievements. As he writes in his Preface to The Early Italian Poets, “The only true motive for putting poetry into a fresh language must be to endow a fresh nation, as far as possible, with one more possession of beauty.” That point of view laid an enormous obligation on Rossetti, which he did not fail to meet. Rossetti wrote some of the most remarkable works of translation in the English language.

Rossetti's verse translations of stil novisti poetry, as well as that school's immediate precursors and descendants, were originally published in 1861 as The Early Italian Poets. The book was revised and reissued in 1874 under the new title Dante and His Circle. In addition to being one of the two first (complete) English translations of Dante's Vita Nuova, the collection represented the first important and large-scale English language anthology of that seminal movement in Italian poetry, the verse of the dolce stil novo. The greatness of this achievement, as well as its considerable subsequent influence, cannot be overemphasized. Putting his anthology together, Rossetti was also obliged to provide a critical and literary-historical context for the poems he had chosen. This he did in his various notes and commentaries. His Preface to the book set forth as well his theory of translation, which is implicitly a statement of key aesthetic ideas.

The influence of Rossetti's book was very great. The translations were Ezra Pound's introduction and guide to the medieval literary world that supported Pound's whole career. To other modernists—here T. S. Eliot is exemplary—the translations were an Alpine barrier they were determined to get over or get around. In any case, The Early Italian Poets was a formidable work so far as the Modernist movement was concerned.

For Rossetti, the Italian translations, which focussed on Dante, impinge upon all of his so-called original work, both literary and artistic. His verse style was worked out in the process of executing these translations. In addition, the translations steeped his imagination in a constellation of religious/erotic imagery and thought that would permeate virtually everything he wrote, painted, drew, or designed.

Most striking is the fact that the bulk of these translations were completed before 1850, and the work may have been begun as early as 1845, when Rossetti was seventeen years old. The fruits of that early discipline are apparent in his painting and in his writing alike; for in each of those media, Rossetti showed astonishing depth and maturity from his earliest public appearances (in the late 40s).

Rossetti wrote a handful of other poetical translations, including extensive versions of German ballads, important translations of Villon, and work of other Italian poets both ancient and modern. A translation of the Paolo and Franscesca episode from Dante's Inferno, Canto V, was also made. All this work, significant in itself, is of course closely related to his original work in art and poetry.

Indeed, in an important sense we should see the translations as the center of all his work. The point here is not simply that Rossetti's imagination was fired by late medieval writing and especially by Italian poetry. Rather, we ought to see that translation (as an idea and an imaginative procedure) is the model for nearly every aspect of his work. Rossetti's famous “double work of art” is a form of simultaneous (and reciprocal) translation. Moreover, the intense literariness of his pictorial work is yet another type of translation process. Analogous procedures are evident in all his writings. We know he often writes a poem in two languages (typically in English and Italian versions). Less remarked, but equally significant, is the prevalence of different kinds of pastiche forms in his work. Rossetti's ballads (“Sister Helen”, “Stratton Water”, “Dennis Shand”, etc.) are the most obvious instances of this tendency in his writing, but other works— “Ave”, for example—put themselves forward as if they were translations. Like Scott earlier, Rossetti liked to compose fake epigraphs, especially in French, and there is an obvious sense in which a major work like “Hand and Soul” is meant to appear as if it had been translated into Rossetti's oeuvre from someplace else. Its formal debt to Poe's hoaxes is very clear, but that debt reflects the (as it were) translational quality of the hoax as a literary form.

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1840s

Page Images Available for Lenore. by G. A. Bürger



1844 June

Lenore. by G. A. Bürger

Up rose Lenore as the red morn wore
Page Images Available for Niebelungenlied



1845

Niebelungenlied
Page Images Available for "L'epervier se reveillera, il deploiera ses ailes,"
 from Colomba, by Prosper Merimee



1845

"L'epervier se reveillera, il deploiera ses ailes," from Colomba, by Prosper Merimee
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of all he would do. ”



1845-1849

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of all he would do. ”

If I were fire, I'd burn the world away;
Page Images Available for  Dante Alighieri. “Canzone. He beseeches Death for the Life of 
        Beatrice.”



1845-1849

Dante Alighieri. “Canzone. He beseeches Death for the Life of Beatrice.”

Death, since I find not one with whom to
Page Images Available for Henry the Leper. A Swabian Miracle-Rhyme. by Hartmann 
Von Aue (A.D. 1100-1200)



1846

Henry the Leper. A Swabian Miracle-Rhyme. by Hartmann Von Aue (A.D. 1100-1200)

Hartmann von Auë, the fame went,
Page Images Available for All my thoughts always speak to
me of Love.



1846?; 1861

All my thoughts always speak to me of Love.

All my thoughts always speak to me of Love,
Page Images Available for 
Guido Guinicelli. “Canzone. Of the gentle Heart.”



1846?; 1861

Guido Guinicelli. “Canzone. Of the gentle Heart.”

Within the gentle heart Love shelters him,
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Ciullo d'Alcamo. “Dialogue. Lover and Lady.”



1846-1847

Ciullo d'Alcamo. “Dialogue. Lover and Lady.”

He .
Page Images Available for Ladies that have intelligence in Love.



1846-1848

Ladies that have intelligence in Love.

Ladies that have intelligence in love,
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Fazio Degli Uberti. “Canzone. His Portrait of his Lady, Angiola 
of Verona.” [complete]



1846-1856?

Fazio Degli Uberti. “Canzone. His Portrait of his Lady, Angiola of Verona.” [complete]

I look at the crisp golden-threaded hair
Page Images Available for Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Canzonetta. How he
                    dreams of his Lady.”



1846-1856?

Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Canzonetta. How he dreams of his Lady.”

Lady, my wedded thought,
Page Images Available for Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Of his last sight of Fiametta.”



1846-56?

Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Of his last sight of Fiametta.”

Round her red garland and her golden hair
Page Images Available for The Virgin Mary, Auchinleck Manuscript



1847

The Virgin Mary, Auchinleck Manuscript
Page Images Available for Lodovico della Vernaccia. “Sonnet. He exhorts the State to 
        vigilance.” (“Think a brief while on the most marvellous arts”)



1847?

Lodovico della Vernaccia. “Sonnet. He exhorts the State to vigilance.” (“Think a brief while on the most marvellous arts”)

Think a brief while on the most marvellous arts
Page Images Available for Translation from Mamiani



1847 or 1848

Translation from Mamiani
Page Images Available for Capitolo—A.M. Salvini to Francesco Redi, 16—



1848

Capitolo—A.M. Salvini to Francesco Redi, 16—

Know then, dear Redi, (sith thy gentle heart
Page Images Available for 
Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Of Human Presumption.”



1848; 1861

Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Of Human Presumption.”

Among my thoughts I count it wonderful,
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He conceives of 
  some Compensation in Death.”



1848; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He conceives of some Compensation in Death.”

Dante, whenever this thing happeneth,—
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Ballata. He will gaze upon Beatrice.”



1848; 1861

Dante Alighieri. “Ballata. He will gaze upon Beatrice.”

Because mine eyes can never have their fill
Page Images Available for The New Life



1848; 1861

The New Life

aka Dante Alighieri. The New Life (La Vita Nuova).
Page Images Available for Noffo Bonaguida. “Sonnet. He is enjoined to pure Love.”



1848?

Noffo Bonaguida. “Sonnet. He is enjoined to pure Love.”

A spirit of Love, with Love's intelligence,
Page Images Available for Onesto di Boncima, Bolognese. “Sonnet. He wishes that he
could meet his Lady alone.”



1848?

Onesto di Boncima, Bolognese. “Sonnet. He wishes that he could meet his Lady alone.”

Whether all grace have fail'd I scarce
Page Images Available for Onesto di Boncima, Bolognese. “Sonnet. Of the Last Judgement.”



1848?

Onesto di Boncima, Bolognese. “Sonnet. Of the Last Judgement.”

Upon that cruel season when our Lord
Page Images Available for Tommaso Buzzuola, da Faenza. “Sonnet. He is in awe of his Lady.”



1848?

Tommaso Buzzuola, da Faenza. “Sonnet. He is in awe of his Lady.”

Even as the moon amid the stars doth shed
Page Images Available for Terino Da Castel Fiorentino. “Sonnet. To Onesto di Boncima, in 
    answer to the foregoing” [“Sonnet. He wishes that he could meet his Lady
    alone.”]



1848?

Terino Da Castel Fiorentino. “Sonnet. To Onesto di Boncima, in answer to the foregoing” [“Sonnet. He wishes that he could meet his Lady alone.”]

If, as thou say'st, thy love tormented thee,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. He perceives that his highest Love is gone from him.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. He perceives that his highest Love is gone from him.”

Through this my strong and new misaventure,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. In Exile at Sarzana.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. In Exile at Sarzana.”

Because I think not ever to return,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. Of a continual Death in Love.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. Of a continual Death in Love.”

Though thou, indeed, hast quite forgotten ruth,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. A Song of Fortune.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. A Song of Fortune.”

Lo! I am she who makes the wheel to turn;
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. He laments the Presumption and Incontinence of his Youth.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. He laments the Presumption and Incontinence of his Youth.”

The devastating flame of that fierce plague,
Page Images Available for 
Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. A Rapture concerning his 
Lady.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. A Rapture concerning his Lady.”

Who is she coming, whom all gaze upon,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. He compares all Things with his Lady, and finds them wanting.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. He compares all Things with his Lady, and finds them wanting.”

Beauty in woman; the high will's decree;
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. He speaks of a third Love of his.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. He speaks of a third Love of his.”

O thou that often hast within thine eyes
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. Of an ill-favoured Lady.”



1848?

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. Of an ill-favoured Lady.”

Just look, Manetto, at that wry-mouth'd minx;
Page Images Available for A very pitiful lady, very young



1848?

A very pitiful lady, very young

A very pitiful lady, very young,
Page Images Available for Folcachiero de' Folcachieri “Canzone. He speaks of his 
    Condition through Love.”



1848?;1861

Folcachiero de' Folcachieri “Canzone. He speaks of his Condition through Love.”

All the whole world is living without war,
Page Images Available for Dino Frescobaldi. “Sonnet. Of what his Lady is.”



1848?;1861

Dino Frescobaldi. “Sonnet. Of what his Lady is.”

This is the damsel by whom love is brought
Page Images Available for All ye pass along Love's trodden way.



1848?;1861

All ye pass along Love's trodden way.

All ye that pass along Love's trodden way,
Page Images Available for Giotto di Bondone. “Canzone. Of the Doctrine of Voluntary Poverty.”



1848?; 1861

Giotto di Bondone. “Canzone. Of the Doctrine of Voluntary Poverty.”

Many there are, praisers of Poverty;
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti[?]. “Ballata. Of his Lady among other Ladies.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti[?]. “Ballata. Of his Lady among other Ladies.”

With other women I beheld my love;—
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. A Dispute with Death.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. A Dispute with Death.”

“O sluggish, hard, ingrate, what doest thou?
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. A Song against Poverty.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Canzone. A Song against Poverty.”

O Poverty, by thee the soul is wrapp'd
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. Of his Pain from a new Love.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. Of his Pain from a new Love.”

Why from the danger did not mine eyes start,—
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. Of the Eyes of a certain Mandetta, 
        of Thoulouse, which resemble those of his Lady Joan of Florence.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. Of the Eyes of a certain Mandetta, of Thoulouse, which resemble those of his Lady Joan of Florence.”

A certain youthful lady in Thoulouse,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. On the Detection of a false Friend.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. On the Detection of a false Friend.”

Love and the lady Lagia, Guido and I,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. To a Friend who does not pity his Love.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. To a Friend who does not pity his Love.”

If I entreat this lady that all grace
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Bernardo da Bologna). He answers Bernardo, commending Pinella, and saying that the Love he can offer her is already shared by many noble Ladies.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Bernardo da Bologna). He answers Bernardo, commending Pinella, and saying that the Love he can offer her is already shared by many noble Ladies.”

The fountain-head that is so bright to see
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He answers the foregoing Sonnet (by Dante), speaking with shame of his changed Love.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He answers the foregoing Sonnet (by Dante), speaking with shame of his changed Love.”

If I were still that man, worthy to love,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He interprets 
        Dante's Dream, related in the first Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He interprets Dante's Dream, related in the first Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.”

Unto my thinking, thou beheld'st all worth,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He rebukes 
        Dante for his way of Life, after the Death of Beatrice.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He rebukes Dante for his way of Life, after the Death of Beatrice.”

I come to thee by daytime constantly,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He reports, in 
  a feigned Vision, the successful Issue of Lapo Gianni's Love.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He reports, in a feigned Vision, the successful Issue of Lapo Gianni's Love.”

Dante, a sigh that rose from the heart's core
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Guido Orlandi). In Praise of 
  Guido Orlandi's Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Guido Orlandi). In Praise of Guido Orlandi's Lady.”

A lady in whom love is manifest—
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Guido Orlandi). Of a Consecrated 
        Image resembling his Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Guido Orlandi). Of a Consecrated Image resembling his Lady.”

Guido, an image of my lady dwells
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. To his Lady Joan, of Florence.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet. To his Lady Joan, of Florence.”

Flowers hast thou in thyself, and foliage,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Pope Boniface VIII). After the 
        Pope's Interdict, when the great Houses were leaving Florence.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Pope Boniface VIII). After the Pope's Interdict, when the great Houses were leaving Florence.”

Nero, thus much for tidings in thine ear.
Page Images Available for Dino Compagni. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He reproves Guido 
        for his arrogance in Love.”



1848?; 1861

Dino Compagni. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He reproves Guido for his arrogance in Love.”

No man may mount upon a golden stair,
Page Images Available for 
Prinzivalle Doria. “Canzone. 
Of his Love, with the Figure of a sudden storm.”



1848?; 1861

Prinzivalle Doria. “Canzone. Of his Love, with the Figure of a sudden storm.”

Even as the day when it is yet at dawning
Page Images Available for 
Enzo, King of Sardinia. “Sonnet. 
On the Fitness of Seasons.”



1848?; 1861

Enzo, King of Sardinia. “Sonnet. On the Fitness of Seasons.”

There is a time to mount; to humble thee
Page Images Available for The eyes that weep for pity of the 
heart



1848?; 1861

The eyes that weep for pity of the heart

The eyes that weep for pity of the heart
Page Images Available for Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of the Making of Master Messerin.”



1848?; 1861

Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of the Making of Master Messerin.”

When God had finish'd Master Messerin,
Page Images Available for Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of Messer Ugolino.”



1848?; 1861

Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of Messer Ugolino.”

If any one had anything to say
Page Images Available for Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of the Safety of Messer Fazio.”



1848?; 1861

Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of the Safety of Messer Fazio.”

Master Bertuccio, you are call'd to account
Page Images Available for 
Ciuncio Fiorentino. “Canzone. Of his Love; with the Figures of 
a Stag, of Water, and of an Eagle.”



1848?; 1861

Ciuncio Fiorentino. “Canzone. Of his Love; with the Figures of a Stag, of Water, and of an Eagle.”

Lady, with all the pains that I can take,
Page Images Available for Saint Francis of Assisi. “Cantica. Our Lord Christ: of Order.”



1848?; 1861

Saint Francis of Assisi. “Cantica. Our Lord Christ: of Order.”

Set Love in order, thou that lovest Me.
Page Images Available for Frederick II, Emperor. “Canzone. Of his Lady in bondage.”



1848?; 1861

Frederick II, Emperor. “Canzone. Of his Lady in bondage.”

For grief I am about to sing,
Page Images Available for Dino Frescobaldi. “Sonnet. Of the star of his Love.”



1848?; 1861

Dino Frescobaldi. “Sonnet. Of the star of his Love.”

That star the highest seen in heaven's expanse
Page Images Available for 
Carnino Ghiberti Da Fiorenza. “Canzone. Being absent from his 
Lady, he fears Death.”



1848?; 1861

Carnino Ghiberti Da Fiorenza. “Canzone. Being absent from his Lady, he fears Death.”

I am afar, but near thee is my heart;
Page Images Available for Lapo Gianni. “Ballata. A Message in charge for his Lady Lagia.”



1848?; 1861

Lapo Gianni. “Ballata. A Message in charge for his Lady Lagia.”

Ballad, since Love himself hath fashion'd thee
Page Images Available for Lapo Gianni. “Madrigal. What Love shall provide for him.”



1848?; 1861

Lapo Gianni. “Madrigal. What Love shall provide for him.”

Love, I demand to have my lady in fee.
Page Images Available for 
Simbuono Giudice. “Canzone. He finds that Love has beguiled 
him, but will trust in his Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Simbuono Giudice. “Canzone. He finds that Love has beguiled him, but will trust in his Lady.”

Often the day had a most joyful morn
Page Images Available for Guido Guinicelli. “Canzone. He perceives his Rashness in Love, but
                    has no choice.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Guinicelli. “Canzone. He perceives his Rashness in Love, but has no choice.”

I hold him, verily, of mean emprise,
Page Images Available for 
Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Concerning Lucy.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Concerning Lucy.”

When Lucy draws her mantle round her face,
Page Images Available for 
Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. He will praise his Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. He will praise his Lady.”

Yea, let me praise my lady whom I love,
Page Images Available for 
Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Of Moderation and Tolerance.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Of Moderation and Tolerance.”

He that has grown to wisdom hurries not,
Page Images Available for 
Inghilfredi, Siciliano. “Canzone. He rebukes the Evil of
that Time.”



1848?; 1861

Inghilfredi, Siciliano. “Canzone. He rebukes the Evil of that Time.”

Hard is it for a man to please all men:
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzone. At the End of his Hope.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzone. At the End of his Hope.”

Remembering this—how Love
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzonetta. He will neither boast nor 
lament to his Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzonetta. He will neither boast nor lament to his Lady.”

Love will not have me cry
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady, and of her 
portrait.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady, and of her portrait.”

Marvellously elate,
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady, and of his making 
her Likeness.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady, and of his making her Likeness.”

My lady mine,* I send
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Sonnet. No Jewel is worth his Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Sonnet. No Jewel is worth his Lady.”

Sapphire, nor diamond, nor emerald,
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Sonnet. Of his Lady in Heaven.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Sonnet. Of his Lady in Heaven.”

I have it in my heart to serve God so
Page Images Available for Jacopo da Lentino. “Sonnet. Of his Lady's Face.”



1848?; 1861

Jacopo da Lentino. “Sonnet. Of his Lady's Face.”

Her face has made my life most proud and
Page Images Available for Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet. He craves interpreting of a Dream of 
        his.”



1848?; 1861

Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet. He craves interpreting of a Dream of his.”

Thou that art wise, let wisdom minister
Page Images Available for Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet. He thanks his Lady for the Joy he has 
        had from her.”



1848?; 1861

Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet. He thanks his Lady for the Joy he has had from her.”

Wonderful countenance and royal neck,
Page Images Available for At whiles (yea oftentimes) I muse 
over



1848?; 1861

At whiles (yea oftentimes) I muse over

At whiles (yea oftentimes) I muse over
Page Images Available for Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet. To his Lady Nina, of Sicily.”



1848?; 1861

Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet. To his Lady Nina, of Sicily.”

So greatly thy great pleasaunce pleasured me,
Page Images Available for Ubaldo di Marco. “Sonnet. Of a Lady's Love for him.”



1848?; 1861

Ubaldo di Marco. “Sonnet. Of a Lady's Love for him.”

My body resting in a haunt of mine,
Page Images Available for 
Guerzo di Montecanti. “Sonnet. He is out of Heart with his Time.”



1848?; 1861

Guerzo di Montecanti. “Sonnet. He is out of Heart with his Time.”

If any man would know the very cause
Page Images Available for Guido Orlandi. “Madrigal (to Guido Cavalcanti). In answer to 
        the foregoing Sonnet [Sonnet. Of a consecrated Image resembling his Lady]”



1848?; 1861

Guido Orlandi. “Madrigal (to Guido Cavalcanti). In answer to the foregoing Sonnet [Sonnet. Of a consecrated Image resembling his Lady]”

If thou hadst offer'd, friend, to blessed Mary
Page Images Available for Guido Orlandi. “Prolonged Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti).
He finds fault with the Conceits of the foregoing Sonnet [Sonnet. Of his Pain 
        from a new Love.]”



1848?; 1861

Guido Orlandi. “Prolonged Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He finds fault with the Conceits of the foregoing Sonnet [Sonnet. Of his Pain from a new Love.]”

Friend, well I know thou knowest well to bear
Page Images Available for Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet. Against the ‘White’ Ghibellines.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet. Against the ‘White’ Ghibellines.”

Now of the hue of ashes are the Whites;
Page Images Available for Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet (to Dante da Maiano). He interprets the 
Dream related in the foregoing Sonnet [Sonnet. He craves interpreting of a 
        Dream of his.]”



1848?; 1861

Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet (to Dante da Maiano). He interprets the Dream related in the foregoing Sonnet [Sonnet. He craves interpreting of a Dream of his.]”

On the last words of what you write to me
Page Images Available for  Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He answers the 
        foregoing Sonnet (by Cavalcanti) [“To Guido Orlandi. Sonnet. In praise of 
        Guido Orlandi's Lady”], declaring himself his Lady's Champion.”



1848?; 1861

Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He answers the foregoing Sonnet (by Cavalcanti) [“To Guido Orlandi. Sonnet. In praise of Guido Orlandi's Lady”], declaring himself his Lady's Champion.”

To sound of trumpet rather than of horn,
Page Images Available for Beyond the sphere which spreads to 
widest space.



1848?; 1861

Beyond the sphere which spreads to widest space.

Beyond the sphere which spreads to widest space
Page Images Available for Saladino da Pavia. “Dialogue. Lover and Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Saladino da Pavia. “Dialogue. Lover and Lady.”

She.
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. A Trance of Love.”



1848?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. A Trance of Love.”

Vanquish'd and weary was my soul in me,
Page Images Available for Canst thou indeed be he that still 
would sing.



1848?; 1861

Canst thou indeed be he that still would sing.

Canst thou indeed be he that still would sing
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. Of the Grave of Selvaggia, on the 
        Monte della Sambuca.”



1848?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. Of the Grave of Selvaggia, on the Monte della Sambuca.”

I was upon the high and blessed mound,
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He interprets 
        Dante's Dream related in the first Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.”



1848?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He interprets Dante's Dream related in the first Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.”

Each lover's longing leads him naturally
Page Images Available for 
Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzone. Of his Dead Lady.”



1848?; 1861

Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzone. Of his Dead Lady.”

Death, why hast thou made life so hard to
Page Images Available for 
Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady in Absence.”



1848?; 1861

Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady in Absence.”

The sweetly-favour'd face
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Cino da Pistoia). He rebukes Cino 
        for Fickleness.”



1848?; 1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Cino da Pistoia). He rebukes Cino for Fickleness.”

I thought to be for ever separate,
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Cino da Pistoia). Written in 
        Exile.”



1848?; 1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Cino da Pistoia). Written in Exile.”

Because I find not whom to speak withal
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sestina. Of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni.”



1848? 1861, 1874

Dante Alighieri. “Sestina. Of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni.”

To the dim light and the large circle of shade
Page Images Available for Sonnet. From Cecco Angiolieri. In Absence from Becchina



1849

Sonnet. From Cecco Angiolieri. In Absence from Becchina

I'm better skill'd to frolic on a bed
Page Images Available for Dante. Purgatorio XI. 94-99



1849

Dante. Purgatorio XI. 94-99
Page Images Available for 
Guido Delle Colonne. “Canzone. To Love and to his Lady.”



1849; 1861

Guido Delle Colonne. “Canzone. To Love and to his Lady.”

O Love, who all this while hast urged me on,
Page Images Available for 
Franco Sacchetti. “Ballata. His Talk with certain Peasant Girls.”



1849; 1861

Franco Sacchetti. “Ballata. His Talk with certain Peasant Girls.”

“Ye graceful peasant-girls and mountain-
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. In absence from 
  Becchina.”



1849?

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. In absence from Becchina.”

My heart's so heavy with a hundred things
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1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Canzone (to Dante Alighieri). On the Death of Beatrice Portinari.”

Albeit my prayers have not so long delay'd,
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Madrigal. To his Lady Selvaggia Vergiolesi; 
        likening his Love to a search for Gold.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Madrigal. To his Lady Selvaggia Vergiolesi; likening his Love to a search for Gold.”

I am all bent to glean the golden ore
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. Death is not without but within 
        him.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. Death is not without but within him.”

This fairest lady, who, as well I wot,
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. He condemns Dante for not naming, in 
        the Commedia, his friend Onesto di Boncima, and his Lady Selvaggia.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. He condemns Dante for not naming, in the Commedia, his friend Onesto di Boncima, and his Lady Selvaggia.”

Among the faults we in that book descry
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. He impugns the verdicts of Dante's 
        Commedia.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. He impugns the verdicts of Dante's Commedia.”

This book of Dante's, very sooth to say,
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He answers 
        Dante, confessing his unsteadfast Heart.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He answers Dante, confessing his unsteadfast Heart.”

Dante, since I from my own native place
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He answers the 
foregoing Sonnet [Dante's Sonnet. To Cino Da Pistoia. Written in Exile], and 
        prays him, in the name of Beatrice, to continue his great Poem.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He answers the foregoing Sonnet [Dante's Sonnet. To Cino Da Pistoia. Written in Exile], and prays him, in the name of Beatrice, to continue his great Poem.”

I know not, Dante, in what refuge dwells
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He owes nothing 
        to Guido as a Poet.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He owes nothing to Guido as a Poet.”

What rhymes are thine which I have ta'en
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. To Love, in great Bitterness.”



1849?; 1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Sonnet. To Love, in great Bitterness.”

O Love, O thou that, for my fealty,
Page Images Available for 
Meo Abbracciavacca, da Pistoia. “Ballata. His Life is by Contraries.”



1849?; 1861

Meo Abbracciavacca, da Pistoia. “Ballata. His Life is by Contraries.”

By the long sojourning
Page Images Available for 
Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzonetta. To his Lady, in Spring.”



1849?; 1861

Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzonetta. To his Lady, in Spring.”

To see the green returning
Page Images Available for Giovanni Quirino. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He commends the 
work of Dante's Life, then drawing to its close; and deplores his own 
    deficiencies.”



1849?; 1861

Giovanni Quirino. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He commends the work of Dante's Life, then drawing to its close; and deplores his own deficiencies.”

Glory to God and to God's Mother chaste,
Page Images Available for 
Mazzeo di Ricco da Messina. “Canzone. After six years' Service 
he renounces his Lady.”



1849?; 1861

Mazzeo di Ricco da Messina. “Canzone. After six years' Service he renounces his Lady.”

I laboured these six years
Page Images Available for 
Mazzeo di Ricco da Messina. “Canzone. He solicits his Lady's Pity.”



1849?; 1861

Mazzeo di Ricco da Messina. “Canzone. He solicits his Lady's Pity.”

The lofty worth and lovely excellence,
Page Images Available for 
Mazzeo di Ricco da Messina. “Sonnet. Of Self-seeing.”



1849?; 1861

Mazzeo di Ricco da Messina. “Sonnet. Of Self-seeing.”

If any his own foolishness might see
Page Images Available for 
Franco Sacchetti. “Catch. On a Fine Day.”



1849?; 1861

Franco Sacchetti. “Catch. On a Fine Day.”

“Be stirring, girls! we ought to have a run:
Page Images Available for 
Franco Sacchetti. “Catch. On a Wet Day.”



1849?; 1861

Franco Sacchetti. “Catch. On a Wet Day.”

As I walk'd thinking through a little grove,
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Canzone. A Complaint of his Lady's scorn.”



1849?; 1874

Dante Alighieri. “Canzone. A Complaint of his Lady's scorn.”

Love, since it is thy will that I return
Page Images Available for 
Pucciarello di Fiorenza. “Sonnet. Of Expediency.”



1849?: 1861

Pucciarello di Fiorenza. “Sonnet. Of Expediency.”

Pass and let pass,—this counsel I would give,—

1850s

Page Images Available for Ancient Christmas Carols



1850?

Ancient Christmas Carols

When Christ was born of Mary free,
Page Images Available for 
Maestro Migliore, da Fiorenza. “Sonnet. He declares all Love to 
be Grief.”



1850?; 1861

Maestro Migliore, da Fiorenza. “Sonnet. He declares all Love to be Grief.”

Love, taking leave, my heart then leaveth me,
Page Images Available for Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Inscription for a Portrait of 
  Dante.”



1850-1860?

Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Inscription for a Portrait of Dante.”

Dante Alighieri, a dark oracle
Page Images Available for Ser Pace, Notatio da Fiorenza. “Sonnet. A Return to Love.”



1853?; 1861

Ser Pace, Notatio da Fiorenza. “Sonnet. A Return to Love.”

A fresh content of fresh enamouring
Page Images Available for Lippo Paschi de' Bardi. “Sonnet. He solicits a Lady's Favours.”



1853?; 1861

Lippo Paschi de' Bardi. “Sonnet. He solicits a Lady's Favours.”

Wert thou as prone to yield unto my prayer
Page Images Available for Poems by Francesco and Gaetano Polidori



1853 April 1

Poems by Francesco and Gaetano Polidori
Page Images Available for Losario, by Ser Francesco Polidori. Fragment of a 
Translation



1853 April 1

Losario, by Ser Francesco Polidori. Fragment of a Translation

Silent, she lifted softly through the wave
Page Images Available for “Winter” by Gaetano Polidori. A Translation



1853 April 1

“Winter” by Gaetano Polidori. A Translation

In this dead winter season now,
Page Images Available for “Sonnet to the Laurel” by Gaetano Polidori. A Translation:



1853 April 1

“Sonnet to the Laurel” by Gaetano Polidori. A Translation:

Approaching thee, thou growth of mystic spell,
Page Images Available for 
Folgore da San Geminiano. “Twelve Sonnets. Of the Months. Addressed to a Fellowship of Sienese Nobles.” 
[poem group]



1855-1856; 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861

Folgore da San Geminiano. “Twelve Sonnets. Of the Months. Addressed to a Fellowship of Sienese Nobles.” [poem group]

Unto the blithe and lordly Fellowship,
Page Images Available for Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Of Fiammetta singing.”



1855-1860?

Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Of Fiammetta singing.”

Love steered my course, while yet the sun rode high,
Page Images Available for Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Of three Girls and of their 
        Talk.”



1855-1860?

Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Of three Girls and of their Talk.”

By a clear well, within a little field
Page Images Available for Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. To Dante in Paradise, after 
        Fiammetta's death.”



1855-1860?

Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. To Dante in Paradise, after Fiammetta's death.”

Dante, if thou within the sphere of Love,
Page Images Available for Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. To one who had censured his public 
        Exposition of Dante.”



1855-1860?

Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. To one who had censured his public Exposition of Dante.”

If Dante mourns, there wheresoe'er he be,
Page Images Available for 
Folgore da San Geminiano. “Seven Sonnets. Of the Week.”



1855-56; 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861

Folgore da San Geminiano. “Seven Sonnets. Of the Week.”

There is among my thoughts the joyous plan
Page Images Available for Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He interprets 
        Dante Alighieri's Dream, related in the first Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.“



1856?; 1861

Dante da Maiano. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He interprets Dante Alighieri's Dream, related in the first Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.“

Of that wherein thou art a questioner
Page Images Available for 
Pier Moronelli, di Fiorenza. “canzonetta. A Bitter Song to his Lady.”



1858?; 1861

Pier Moronelli, di Fiorenza. “canzonetta. A Bitter Song to his Lady.”

O lady amorous,
Page Images Available for Forese Donati. “Sonnet (Forese to Dante). He taunts him 
        concerning the unavenged Spirit of Geri Alighieri.”



1859

Forese Donati. “Sonnet (Forese to Dante). He taunts him concerning the unavenged Spirit of Geri Alighieri.”

The other night I had a dreadful cough
Page Images Available for  Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Love in Men and
                    Devils.”



1859

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Love in Men and Devils.”

The man who feels not, more or less, some-

1860s

Page Images Available for  Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Concerning his Father.”



1860

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Concerning his Father.”

The dreadful and the desperate hate I bear
Page Images Available for  Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He would slay all who 
        hate their Fathers.”



1860

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He would slay all who hate their Fathers.”

Who utters of his father aught but praise,
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Love, in honour of 
        his Mistress Becchina.”



1860

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Love, in honour of his Mistress Becchina.”

Whatever good is naturally done
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. On the Death of his 
        Father.”



1860

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. On the Death of his Father.”

Let not the inhabitants of Hell despair,
Page Images Available for The Early Italian Poets



1861

The Early Italian Poets
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. Concerning a Shepherd-maid.”



1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. Concerning a Shepherd-maid.”

Within a copse I met a shepherd-maid,
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. He reveals, in a Dialogue, his increasing love for Mandetta.”



1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Ballata. He reveals, in a Dialogue, his increasing love for Mandetta.”

Being in thought of love, I chanced to see
Page Images Available for Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He mistrusts 
        the Love of Lapo Gianni.”



1861

Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He mistrusts the Love of Lapo Gianni.”

I pray thee, Dante, shouldst thou meet with Love
Page Images Available for Forese Donati. “Sonnet (Forese to Dante). He taunts Dante 
  ironically for not avenging Geri Alighieri.”



1861

Forese Donati. “Sonnet (Forese to Dante). He taunts Dante ironically for not avenging Geri Alighieri.”

Right well I know thou'rt Alighieri's son;
Page Images Available for Cino da Pistoia. “Canzone. His Lament for Selvaggia.”



1861

Cino da Pistoia. “Canzone. His Lament for Selvaggia.”

Ay me, alas! the beautiful bright hair
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (Dante to Forese). He taunts Forese by 
        the nickname of Bicci.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (Dante to Forese). He taunts Forese by the nickname of Bicci.”

O Bicci, pretty son of who knows whom
Page Images Available for Poets Chiefly Before Dante [Part I of The Early Italian 
Poets]



1861

Poets Chiefly Before Dante [Part I of The Early Italian Poets]
Page Images Available for Dante and His Circle [Part II of The Early Italian 
Poets]



1861

Dante and His Circle [Part II of The Early Italian Poets]
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (Dante to Forese). He taunts him 
        concerning his Wife.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (Dante to Forese). He taunts him concerning his Wife.”

To hear the unlucky wife of Bicci cough,
Page Images Available for 
Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. To the Guelf Faction.”



1861

Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. To the Guelf Faction.”

Because ye made your backs your shields, it
Page Images Available for  Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. To the Same (To the Guelf Faction).”



1861

Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. To the Same (To the Guelf Faction).”

Were ye but constant, Guelfs, in war or
Page Images Available for 
Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. Of virtue.”



1861

Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. Of virtue.”

The flower of Virtue is the heart's content;
Page Images Available for A day agone, as I rode sullenly



1861

A day agone, as I rode sullenly

A day agone, as I rode sullenly
Page Images Available for Death, alway cruel, Pity's foe in 
chief



1861

Death, alway cruel, Pity's foe in chief

Death, alway cruel, Pity's foe in chief,
Page Images Available for 
Bartolomeo di Sant' Angelo. “Sonnet. He jests concerning his 
Poverty.”



1861

Bartolomeo di Sant' Angelo. “Sonnet. He jests concerning his Poverty.”

I am so passing rich in poverty
Page Images Available for Dello da Signa. “Ballata. His Creed of Ideal
                    Love.”



1861

Dello da Signa. “Ballata. His Creed of Ideal Love.”

Prohibiting all hope
Page Images Available for 
Masolino da Todi. “Sonnet. Of Work and Wealth.”



1861

Masolino da Todi. “Sonnet. Of Work and Wealth.”

A man should hold in very dear esteem
Page Images Available for 
Fazio Degli Uberti. “Extract From The ‘Dittamondo’. Of the 
Dukes of Normandy, and thence of the Kings of England, from William the First 
to Edward the Third.”



1861

Fazio Degli Uberti. “Extract From The ‘Dittamondo’. Of the Dukes of Normandy, and thence of the Kings of England, from William the First to Edward the Third.”

THOU well hast heard that Rollo had two sons,
Page Images Available for 
Fazio Degli Uberti. “Extract From The ‘Dittamondo’. Of England, 
and of its Marvels.”



1861

Fazio Degli Uberti. “Extract From The ‘Dittamondo’. Of England, and of its Marvels.”

Now to Great Britain we must make our way,
Page Images Available for Even as the others mock, thou
mockest me



1861

Even as the others mock, thou mockest me

Even as the others mock, thou mockest me;
Page Images Available for 
                    Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Canzone. Of the
                    True End of Love; with a Prayer to his Lady.”



1861

Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Canzone. Of the True End of Love; with a Prayer to his Lady.”

Never was joy or good that did not soothe
Page Images Available for 
Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Sonnet. Of Continence in Speech.”



1861

Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Sonnet. Of Continence in Speech.”

Whoso abandons peace for war-seeking,
Page Images Available for 
Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Sonnet. Of Wisdom and 
Foresight.”



1861

Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Sonnet. Of Wisdom and Foresight.”

Such wisdom as a little child displays
Page Images Available for 
Albertuccio della Viola. “Canzone. Of his Lady dancing.”



1861

Albertuccio della Viola. “Canzone. Of his Lady dancing.”

Among the dancers I beheld her dance,
Page Images Available for For certain he hath seen all 
perfectness



1861

For certain he hath seen all perfectness

For certain he hath seen all perfectness
Page Images Available for A gentle thought there is will
often start



1861

A gentle thought there is will often start

A gentle thought there is will often start,
Page Images Available for I felt a spirit of love begin to 
stir



1861

I felt a spirit of love begin to stir

I felt a spirit of love begin to stir
Page Images Available for Love and the gentle heart are
one same thing



1861

Love and the gentle heart are one same thing

Love and the gentle heart are one same thing,
Page Images Available for Love hath so long possessed me
for his own



1861

Love hath so long possessed me for his own

Love hath so long possess'd me for his own
Page Images Available for Love's pallor and the semblance of 
deep ruth



1861

Love's pallor and the semblance of deep ruth

Love's pallor and the semblance of deep ruth
Page Images Available for 
Meo Abbracciavacca, da Pistoia. “Canzone. He will be silent 
and watchful in his Love.”



1861

Meo Abbracciavacca, da Pistoia. “Canzone. He will be silent and watchful in his Love.”

Your joyful understanding, lady mine,
Page Images Available for Mine eyes beheld the blessed pity 
spring



1861

Mine eyes beheld the blessed pity spring

Mine eyes beheld the blessed pity spring
Page Images Available for My lady carries love within her 
eyes



1861

My lady carries love within her eyes

My lady carries love within her eyes;
Page Images Available for My lady looks so gentle and so
pure



1861

My lady looks so gentle and so pure

My lady looks so gentle and so pure
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. Sonnet. Of Beatrice de' Portinari, on All 
Saints' Day.



1861

Dante Alighieri. Sonnet. Of Beatrice de' Portinari, on All Saints' Day.

Last All Saints' holy-day, even now gone by,
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. Of Beauty and Duty.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. Of Beauty and Duty.”

Two ladies to the summit of my mind
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. On the 9th of June, 1290.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. On the 9th of June, 1290.”

Upon a day, came Sorrow in to me,
Page Images Available for Stay now with me, and listen to my 
sighs



1861

Stay now with me, and listen to my sighs

Stay now with me, and listen to my sighs,
Page Images Available for That lady of all gentle memories



1861

That lady of all gentle memories

That lady of all gentle memories
Page Images Available for The thoughts are broken in my 
memory



1861

The thoughts are broken in my memory

The thoughts are broken in my memory,
Page Images Available for The very bitter weeping that ye 
made



1861

The very bitter weeping that ye made

“The very bitter weeping that ye made
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Brunetto Latini). Sent with the 
        Vita Nuova.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Brunetto Latini). Sent with the Vita Nuova.”

Master Brunetto, this my little maid
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. To certain Ladies; when Beatrice was 
  lamenting her Father's Death.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. To certain Ladies; when Beatrice was lamenting her Father's Death.”

Whence come you, all of you so sorrowful?
Page Images Available for To every heart which the sweet pain 
doth move



1861

To every heart which the sweet pain doth move

To every heart which the sweet pain doth move,
Page Images Available for  Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Giovanni Quirino). He answers the 
foregoing Sonnet (by Quirino); saying what he feels at the approach of 
        Death.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Giovanni Quirino). He answers the foregoing Sonnet (by Quirino); saying what he feels at the approach of Death.”

The King by whose rich grace His servants be
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He imagines a 
pleasant Voyage for Guido, Lapo Gianni, and himself, with their three 
  Ladies.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He imagines a pleasant Voyage for Guido, Lapo Gianni, and himself, with their three Ladies.”

Guido, I wish that Lapo, thou, and I,
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. A Curse for a fruitless Love.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. A Curse for a fruitless Love.”

aka “Sonnet. To the Lady Pietra Scrovigni.”

My curse be on the day when first I saw
Page Images Available for Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. To the same Ladies; with their 
        Answer.”



1861

Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. To the same Ladies; with their Answer.”

“Ye ladies, walking past me piteous-eyed,
Page Images Available for Weep, Lovers, sith Love's very self 
doth weep



1861

Weep, Lovers, sith Love's very self doth weep

Weep, Lovers, sith Love's very self doth weep,
Page Images Available for  Gianni Alfani. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). On the
        part of a Lady of Pisa.”



1861

Gianni Alfani. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). On the part of a Lady of Pisa.”

Guido, that Gianni who, a day agone,
Page Images Available for Whatever while the thought comes over 
me



1861

Whatever while the thought comes over me

Whatever while the thought comes over me
Page Images Available for Woe's me by dint of all these sighs 
that come



1861

Woe's me by dint of all these sighs that come

Woe's me! by dint of all these sighs that come
Page Images Available for Ye pilgrim-folk, advancing pensively



1861

Ye pilgrim-folk, advancing pensively

Ye pilgrim-folk, advancing pensively
Page Images Available for You that thus wear a modest 
countenance



1861

You that thus wear a modest countenance

You that thus wear a modest countenance
Page Images Available for Ruggieri di Amici, Siciliano. “Canzonetta. For a Renewal
of Favours.”



1861

Ruggieri di Amici, Siciliano. “Canzonetta. For a Renewal of Favours.”

I play this sweet prelùde
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He argues his case with 
        Death.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He argues his case with Death.”

Gramercy, Death, as you've my love to win,
Page Images Available for  Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He is past all help.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He is past all help.”

For a thing done, repentance is no good,
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He rails against Dante, 
  who had censured his homage to Becchina.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He rails against Dante, who had censured his homage to Becchina.”

Dante Alighieri in Becchina's praise
Page Images Available for 
Niccolo degli Albizzi. “Prolonged Sonnet. When the Troops were 
returning from Milan.”



1861

Niccolo degli Albizzi. “Prolonged Sonnet. When the Troops were returning from Milan.”

If you could see, fair brother, how dead beat
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He will not be too 
        deeply in Love.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He will not be too deeply in Love.”

I am enamour'd, and yet not so much
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Becchina, and of her 
        Husband.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Becchina, and of her Husband.”

I would like better in the grace to be
Page Images Available for  Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Becchina in a
        Rage.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Becchina in a Rage.”

When I behold Becchina in a rage,
Page Images Available for  Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Becchina the 
        Shoemaker's daughter.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of Becchina the Shoemaker's daughter.”

Why, if Becchina's heart were diamond,
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of his four Tormentors.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of his four Tormentors.”

I'm caught, like any thrush the nets surprise,
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of the 20th June, 1291”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of the 20th June, 1291”

I'm full of everything I do not want
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of why he is unhanged.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of why he is unhanged.”

Whoever without money is in love
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of why he would be a 
        Scullion.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. Of why he would be a Scullion.”

I am so out of love through poverty
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. To Becchina's rich 
  Husband.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. To Becchina's rich Husband.”

aka Sonnet. To a newly enriched Man; reminding him of the Wants of the Poor

As thou wert loth to see, before thy feet,
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He 
writes Dante, then in exile at Verona, defying him as no better than 
  himself.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He writes Dante, then in exile at Verona, defying him as no better than himself.”

Dante Alighieri, if I jest and lie,
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri) On 
  the last Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri) On the last Sonnet of the Vita Nuova.”

Dante Alighieri, Cecco, your good
Page Images Available for Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. To Messer Angiolieri, 
  his Father.”



1861

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. To Messer Angiolieri, his Father.”

If I'd a sack of florins, and all new,
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1861

[Anonymous] “Ballata. Of True and False singing.”

A little wild bird sometimes at my ear
Page Images Available for 
[Anonymous] “Ballata. One speaks of his false Lady.”



1861

[Anonymous] “Ballata. One speaks of his false Lady.”

When the last greyness dwells throughout
Page Images Available for Excerpt from Compagni's Chronicle



1861

Excerpt from Compagni's Chronicle
Page Images Available for 
[Anonymous] “Ballata. One speaks of his feigned and real Love.”



1861

[Anonymous] “Ballata. One speaks of his feigned and real Love.”

For no love borne by me,
Page Images Available for 
[Anonymous] “Ballata. One Speaks of the Beginning of his 
Love.”



1861

[Anonymous] “Ballata. One Speaks of the Beginning of his Love.”

This fairest one of all the stars, whose flame,
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[Anonymous] “Sonnet. A Lady laments for her lost Lover, by similitude of a Falcon.”



1861

[Anonymous] “Sonnet. A Lady laments for her lost Lover, by similitude of a Falcon.”

Alas for me, who loved a falcon well!
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        the Emperor Henry VII.”



1861

Simone dall' Antella. “Prolonged Sonnet. In the last Days of the Emperor Henry VII.”

Along the road all shapes must travel by,
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Rinaldo d'Aquino. “Canzone. A Lady, in Spring, repents of her 
Coldness.”



1861

Rinaldo d'Aquino. “Canzone. A Lady, in Spring, repents of her Coldness.”

Now, when it flowereth,
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Rinaldo d'Aquino. “Canzone. He is resolved to be joyful in 
Love.”



1861

Rinaldo d'Aquino. “Canzone. He is resolved to be joyful in Love.”

A thing is in my mind,—
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Fra Guittone d'Arezzo. “Sonnet. To the Blessed Virgin Mary.”



1861

Fra Guittone d'Arezzo. “Sonnet. To the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Lady of Heaven, the mother glorified
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Pannuccio dal Bagno Pisano. “Canzone. Of his Change through 
Love.”



1861

Pannuccio dal Bagno Pisano. “Canzone. Of his Change through Love.”

My lady, thy delightful high command,
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Francesco da Barberino. “Blank Verse. A Virgin declares her Beauties”



1861

Francesco da Barberino. “Blank Verse. A Virgin declares her Beauties”

Do not conceive that I shall here recount
Page Images Available for 
Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Caution.”



1861

Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Caution.”

Say, wouldst thou guard thy son,
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seek Love.



1861

Song, 'tis my will that thou do seek Love.

Song, 'tis my will that thou do seek out Love,
Page Images Available for 
Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Importunities and 
Troublesome Persons.”



1861

Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Importunities and Troublesome Persons.”

There is a vice prevails
Page Images Available for 
Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Sloth against sin.”



1861

Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Sloth against sin.”

THERE is a vice which oft
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Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Sins in Speech.”



1861

Francesco da Barberino. “Sentenze. Of Sins in Speech.”

NOW these four things, if thou
Page Images Available for Bernardo da Bologna. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He writes 
to Guido, telling him of the Love which a certain Pinella showed on seeing 
  him.”



1861

Bernardo da Bologna. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He writes to Guido, telling him of the Love which a certain Pinella showed on seeing him.”

Unto that lowly lovely maid, I wis,
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Decameron



1861

Excerpt from the Ninth Tale of the Sixth Day of Boccaccio's Decameron
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1866

A Doctor's Advice

My doctor's issued his decree
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1866

Lilith—From Goethe

Hold thou thy heart against her shining hair,
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1866

Translation from Tibullus, Elegy I.3
Page Images Available for Con Manto d'Oro, etc.



1867 June

Con Manto d'Oro, etc.

aka With Golden Mantle, etc.

aka Robe d'Or, etc.

With golden mantle, rings, & necklace fair,
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1868-1880

La Pia. Dante

“Ah! when on earth thy voice again is heard
Page Images Available for The Ballad of Dead Ladies (Francois Villon, 1450)



1869

The Ballad of Dead Ladies (Francois Villon, 1450)

Tell me now in what hidden way is
Page Images Available for To Death, of His Lady



1869

To Death, of His Lady

Death, of thee do I make my moan,
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1869

The Leaf (Leopardi)

‘Torn from your parent bough,
Page Images Available for Three Translations from Francois Villon, 1450



1869-1870

Three Translations from Francois Villon, 1450

Tell me now in what hidden way is

1870s

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        Clothes were gone.”



1870

Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Prolonged Sonnet. When his Clothes were gone.”

Never so bare and naked was church-stone
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1874

Dante and His Circle