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Bianco da Siena an Italian mystical-poet was born. During his lifetime he wrote well over 100 hundred religiously-inspired poems. He initially worked as wool carder but later entered a religious order known the Jesuates (different to the Jesuits). He died in Venice in 1399 where he had gone to establish a centre for the order. His most well-known poem to survive is Discendi amor santo which R.F. Littledale (1833-1890) translated into English as ‘Come down, O Love Divine’ a hymn sung at Pentecost or any occasion with which the Holy Spirit is associated. The English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote a tune for these words which he name DOWN AMPNEY after the village in the Cotswolds where his father was a vicar.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ tune DOWN AMPNEY, played on the Snetzler organ at the New Room Chapel, Bristol.

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