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

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?; 1861
Meter: iambic trimeter and pentameter
Genre: canzone
The stanza lengths and hence the rhyme and metrical schemes vary according to the original (corrupt) text that DGR followed.


“Table of Poets” (in Early Italian Poets) I. xxix

◦ Panvini, Le rime della scuola siciliana, I. 443-445

◦ Contini, Poeti de Duecento, I. 371-373

◦ Valeriani and Lampredi, eds., Poeti del Primo Secolo della Lingua Italiana, II. 76-78

Scholarly Commentary


The translation stays quite close to DGR's source text, Poeti del Primo Secolo (II. 76-78). As that text is quite corrupt, however, DGR reproduces its metrical irregularities. The poem is there assigned to Amorozzo da Firenze but DGR clearly knew—from what source is not certain—that the more likely author was Carnino Ghiberti, who died sometime after 1280. Carnino and his family were Guelph merchants from Santa Maria Alberighi.

For further commentary see the Italian original.

Textual History: Composition

This is probably an early translation, late 1840s.

Printing History

The translation was first published in 1861 in The Early Italian Poets; it was reprinted in 1874 in Dante and his Circle.

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