"Se ti riduci a mente Qual fosti meco, e quale io teco fui, Ancor fia grave il memorar presente." I am one that notes When Love inspires; and what he speaks I tell In his own way, embodying but his thoughts. Jacopo da Lentino, called the Notary, and Fra Guittone of Arezzo, were celebrated verse-writers of the day. The latter, in a sonnet given by Mr.
Interwoven with all this are stately canzoni, and dainty sonnets full of quaint conceits, like that wherein Jacopo da Lentino sings Of his Lady in Heaven: I have it in my heart to serve God so That into Paradise I shall repair The holy place through the which everywhere I have heard say that joy and solace flow.
Yet the Sicilian poets of the courts of Hohenstauffen and Anjou, recognizable by their name or the name of their town, Inghilfredi, Manfredi, Ranieri and Ruggierone da Palermo, Tommaso and Matteo da Messina, Guglielmotto d' Otranto, Rinaldo d'Aquino, Peir delle Vigne, either maintain altogether unchanged the tone of the troubadours, or only gradually, as in the remarkable case of the Notary of Lentino, approximate to the platonic poets of Tuscany.