On your luminous brow Apollo placed
a full crown of ancient rare evergreen
when your soul savored the brightest deepest
waters around the poets' Helicon,
and now the words of the great Jove echo
from the Aegean to Indian seas,
with such bright fame, we must think the splendors
of the ancient writers are become yours;
with his own hand Apollo has adorned
this Jove whose learned muse today alone
portrays our era as bright and lovely.
His spirit will preserve my beloved's
forever; out of my Sun's rare spirit
he'll create magnificent history.
|An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition|
From V LXXXVIII:88. See also B E1:203; R CXIII:326; MS L (Tordi 33r); 1538/9, 1540-2; 1760 Rota. To Paolo Giovio da Como, to serve as a preface to Giovio's Life of Pescara. Sent to Giovo with a letter on March 17, 1530. Key