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

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: abcabcdeefdggf
Meter: iambic trimeter and pentameter
Genre: canzone


“Table of Poets” in Early Italian Poets vol. 1, xxviii.

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento vol. 1, 337.


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Early Italian Poets text.

Scholarly Commentary


Although DGR follows the original canzone in its formal features, including the verbal repetition at the turn of each stanza, his translation is unusually free at many points (compare, e.g., the translation's lines 13-16 with the original).

It is uncertain whether DGR's source is the text in Poeti del primo secolo (II. 5-7) or in the Raccolta di rime antiche toscane (I. 449-451). It was probably the former.

For commentary on Meo (i.e., Bartolomeo) Abbracciavacca see the commentary for the original of this translation.

Textual History: Composition

Probably the last 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.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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