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Uon ch'osa di veder tutta beleza

ballata by Paolo da Firenze


Florence: San Lorenzo, Archivio Capitolare 2211 [palimpsest], fol. 108v (3/1);
Paris: BibliothŤque Nationale, fonds italien 568, fol. 82 (3/1).


1. WOLF, Johannes. 'Musica fiorentina nel secolo XIV', La nuova musica, Appendice musicale I-III (1899,1900,1901), Vol. II, p. 219.
2. 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. 178.
3. The Music of Fourteenth-Century Italy, edited by Nino Pirrotta and Ursula GŁnther, 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. 283.


1. D'ACCONE, Frank. 'Una nuova fonte dell' "Ars nova" italiana: il codice di San Lorenzo, 2111', Studi Musicali, XIII (1984): 3-31.
2. NADAS, John. 'Editorial practices in early Quattrocento Florentine anthologies of secular polyphony', L'Ars nova italiana del Trecento VI: Certaldo 1984, Certaldo: Centro di Studio L'ars nova italiana, 1992.


Uon ch'osa di veder tutta beleza
giunta con gentilez'e legiadria
mir'ove sta sugetta l'alma mia.

E se lucente divino splendore
non abaglia suo vista, vedra cosa
che creder nol potra e dir[a] - Amore
e 'l ciel, che di rotar gia ma' non posa.
coste' produsse s8 maravigliosa.
perch'a sT muova, che di sopra sia
perfetta suo potenza ch'ella cria. -


A man who dares to see this thing of beauty.
in whom nobility is joined to grace.
let him admire her by whom my soul is enthralled;

and if her bright divine splendour
does not dazzle his sight, he will see something
unbelievable, and will exclaim: "Love.
and Heaven which never ceases wheeling round.
has produced such a marvellous woman
so that she may return to it, and make perfect
the heavenly power which created it."

Text revision and translation © Giovanni Carsaniga

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

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