|Short Name:||Bianco da Siena|
|Full Name:||Bianco, da Siena, fl. 1367|
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 de¬sired. 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)