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Bianco da Siena

BIANCO da Siena. b. date unknown; d. 1434. Little is known of his life. He was born at Anciolina, a small village north-west of Arezzo, Tuscany. In 1367 he joined an Order of Lay Brothers, the Jesuates, established by the Blessed John Colombinus of Siena (the Order was abolished by Pope Clement IX in 1668). He is said to have lived in Venice for some years, and to have died there. His hymns remained in manuscript until they were published by Telesforo Bini, entitled Laudi Spirituali del Bianco da Siena, Povero Gesuato del Secolo XIV (Lucca, 1851), containing 92 Laude. JJ, p. 141, notes four of them as having been translated into English by Richard Frederick Littledale*: ‘Discendi, amor...

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