Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: La Pia
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: holograph fair copy (pencil)

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La Pia

Dante, Purgatorio . Canto 5
Dante meets Pia de' Tolommei among

the souls suffering purgatory through

having died a violent death & therefore

without absolution. She had been done

to death by a cruel husband who

confined her causelessly in a fortress in

the Maremma where she pined and died

of malaria, or, as some say, with the

help of [?poison?]. [?] the words to Dante

which her spirit speaks to Dante even


  • “Ah! when on earth thy voice again is heard
  • And there from the long road hast rested thee,”
  • (After the second spirit said the third,)
  • “Remember me who am La Pia: me
  • From Siena sprung & by Maremma dead:
  • This in his inmost heart well knoweth he
  • With whose fair jewel I was ringed and wed.”
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