Bambino Fasciato

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1875
Rhyme: ababaab
Meter: imbic trimeter
Genre: song


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Scholarly Commentary


The only known manuscript text of this Italian cradle song is the draft DGR wrote in a notebook now in the Duke University Library. Another more finished copy must have been known to WMR, who was the first to publish the work. It is one of several Italian songs that DGR wrote in the 1870s, the most important of which is one he called “Barcarola”.

Printing History

First printed by WMR from an unknown manuscript in volume I (page 375) of his 1886 collected edition of DGR's works, and included thereafter.


The song may be loosely rendered thus: A girl butterfly says to a little boy bat: O see how happy he is in his crib! And we've made it happen, we two together, for nothing happens without us.

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