Niccolò Degli Albizzi
Niccolò Degli Albizzi, 13th century Italian poet came from a Noble Florentine family. Little is known of his life or of his work. The verse below is one of the few works remaining from his writing.
Their empty victual-wagons up the street
Over the bridge dreadfully sound and sway;
Their eyes, as hanged men's, turning the wrong way;
And nothing on their backs, or heads, or feet.
One sees the ribs and all the skeletons
Of their gaunt horses; and a sorry sight
Are the torn saddles, crammed with straw and stones.
(Niccolò Degli Albizzi (fl. 13th century), Italian poet. Prolonged Sonnet: When the Troops Were Returning from Milan (l. 5-11). PoBA. Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, ed. (1980) Oxford University Press.)