Text: Gaunt, Harvey and Paterson, 2000 (XI). – Rialto 2.i.2003.
Mss.: C (172v-173r), M (141v-142r), R (29v), a1 (363-64).
Previous editions: Jean-Marie-Lucien Dejeanne, Poésies complètes du troubadour Marcabru, Toulouse 1909, p. 42 (XI); Simon Gaunt, Ruth Harvey and Linda Paterson, Marcabru: A Critical Edition, Cambridge, D. S. Brewer, 2000, p. 147.
Versification: a7’ b7’ b7’ a7’ c7’ d7’ e7 d7’ (Frank 649:1), with one tornada of three and a second (in M only) of two lines; unicum, coblas doblas but with ‘c’ ‘d’ ‘e’ constant.
Notes: This piece is most probably a response to Alegret’s praise of Alfonso VII of Castile in Ara pareisson ll’aubre sec (BdT 17.2) and is likely to date from some time after 1137-38, when Marcabru’s hope of patronage from Alfonso, voiced in BdT 293.22, had been disappointed (compare BdT 293.23). Even if the allusion to the ‘law / custom of Pisa’ is topical – and it may simply mean the ‘law of trade’ – it is not possible to identify which of Pisa’s many commercial rivalries and struggles during the course of the twelfth century might be indicated.