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La vaga luce, che fa invidia al sole

ballata by Paolo da Firenze


Lucca: Archivio di Stato 184 (Mancini Codex), fol. 99v-100 (2/2);
Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds italien 568, fol. 71v-72 (3/2).


The Lucca Codex. Codice Mancini. Introductory Study and Facsimile Edition, edited by John Nádas and Agostino Ziino, Lucca: Libreria musicale italiana editrice, 1990.


1. Italian Secular Music: Bartolino da Padova, Egidius de Francia, Giulielmus de Francia, Don Paolo da Firenze, edited by W. Thomas Marrocco, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1975. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century IX, p. 136 (Pn568).
2. WILLIAMS, Carol J. The Mancini Codex: A Manuscript Study, Ph.D. dissertation (University of Adelaide), 3 vols., 1983, Vol. II, p. 168.
3. The Music of Fourteenth-Century Italy, edited by Nino Pirrotta and Ursula Günther, Rome: American Institute of Musicology. Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 8/VI. [forthcoming]

Text Editions

CORSI, Giuseppe. Poesie musicali del Trecento, Bologna: Commissione per i testi di lingua, 1970, p. 278.


1. BONACCORSI, Alfredo. 'Un nuovo codice dell' Ars nova: Il codice Lucchese', Atti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Ser. 8, I/12 (1948), p. 600., p. 601.
2. PIRROTTA, Nino. 'Paolo da Firenze in un nuovo frammento dell' Ars nova', Musica Disciplina, X (1956), p. 64.
3. GÜNTHER, Ursula. 'Die "anonymen" Kompositionen des Ms. Paris BN, fonds ital, 568 (Pit)', Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, XXIII (1966), p. 86.


La vaga luce che fa invidi' al sole
quando si mostra avant'a gli ochi miei
i' tremo di dolceza e dico oimei.

OmF omF omF, vedi ch'i' moro
per quelle treze d'oro
che m'annodaro 'l cor ch'i' port'anciso.
nT 'n ci= liss'ha nT chied'altro tesoro
che quell'alma ch'adoro.
che scesa'n terra par del paradiso.
E quasi 'l corpo dall'alm'F diviso
el che mi dole, nT so s'i' vorrei
sol per uscir di tanti affanni rei.


When the sweet light of whom the sun is envious
appears before my eyes.
I tremble with sweet emotion, and say: "Alas!"

Alas! you see that I am dying
because of those golden tresses
which chained my heart, bleeding to death.
But my heart does not mind, nor does it seek
other treasure than the soul I worship.
who seems descended to earth from paradise.
My body is almost divided from my soul.
which pains me; but I don't know whether I would
prefer to die, if only to escape such dire anguish.

Text revision and translation © Giovanni Carsaniga

Content Approved by: MMDB Director
Last updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2003

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