Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII. 1876–79.



By Piero de’ Medici (1416–1469)

Translated by Capel Lofft

DERIVED from thee, O Florence, and thy son,

Be toucht, dear land, a little for thy child!

Seem to his woes compassionate and mild,

Since in thy arms his life was first begun

And cherisht. From our birth our fate must run

Assigned; as to the bird his wood-notes wild,

And flight!—but of whatever hopes beguiled,

In this one instance my request be done:

That not in death, as in my griefs, alone,

However long estranged from thee I rove,

Thee in my ashes I may call my own,

Reposing by that father whom I love,

By whom so high thy fame and worth have flown.

Grant this sole boon, whatever thou remove.