Bianco da Siena

Short Name: Bianco da Siena
Full Name: Bianco, da Siena, fl. 1367-1434
Birth Year: 1367
Death Year: 1434

Bianco da Siena (b. Anciolina, circa 1350; d. Venice, Italy, circa 1434), an Italian poet and wool worker who was born at Anciolina, in the Val d'Arno. In 1367 he entered the Order of Jesuates, consisting of unordained men who followed the rule of St. Augustine. This order was instituted in that year by one John Colombinus of Siena, and suppressed by Pope Clement IX, possibly because of fear of not being able to control their mystical fervor. Little is known of Bianco beyond the fact that he is said to have lived in Venice for some years, and died there in 1434. His hymns were published at Lucca, in 1851, and edited by T. Bini, under the title, Laudi spirituali del Bianco da Siena.

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Bianco da Siena, born at Anciolina, in the Val d'Arno, date unknown. In 1367 he entered the Order of Jesuates, consisting of unordained men who followed the rule of St. Augustine. This order was instituted in that year by one John Colombinus of Siena, and suppressed by Pope Clement IX. in 1668. Little is known of Bianco beyond the fact that he is said to have lived in Venice for some years, and died there in 1434. His hymns were published at Lucca, in 1851, and edited by T. Bini, under the title, Laudi spirituali del Bianco da Siena. This work contains 92 pieces. Of these the following have been translated into English, and have come into common use:—
1. Discendi, Amor santo. The Holy Spirit desired. This is No. 35 in the above work and is in 8 stanzas. Of these, Dr. Littledale gave 4 in the People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 473, as, "Come down, 0 Love Divine."
2. Gesil Christo amoroso. Missions. This is No. 79 of the above wdrk. It has been rendered into English by Dr. Littledale, and was published in the People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 400, as, "0 Jesu Christ, the loving.”
3. Vergine santa, sposa dell’ Agnello. St. Lucy. V. M . This is also from the foregoing work, No. 74, in 15 stanzas of 3 lines. Dr. Littledale's translation in the People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 226, is in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and begins, "0 Virgin Spouse of Christ the Lamb."
4. Ama Jesu el tuo sposo diletto. Love for Jesus . This is No. 45 in the above work, in 33 stanzas. In 1866 Dr. Littledale contributed a cento therefrom to R. Brett's Office of the Moat Holy Name. This was transferred to Brooke's Churchman's Manual of Private & Family Devotion, 1882. It begins, "Love Jesus, Who hath sought thee so."
Although the translations Nos. 1-3 have not gone any further than the People's Hymnal, Nos. 1 and 2 are worthy of more extended use. [Rev. John Julian, D.D.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Bianco di Santi alias Bianco da Siena or Bianco da Lanciolina (Anciolina, 1350 circa - Venice, 1399) was an Italian mystic poet and an imitator of Jacopone da Todi. He wrote several religiously-inspired poems (lauda) that were popular in the Middle Ages. First a wool carder, he eventually became a member of the poor Jesuates, founded by Giovanni Colombini.

Texts by Bianco da Siena (3)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Come down, O Love divineBianco da Siena (Author)English82
Descends, Esprit de DieuBiano Di Siena (d. 434) (Author)French2
Desciende, oh Santo DiosBianco de Siena (Author)Spanish2

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