To the Most Illustrious and Most Excellent Lady
The Lady Lucretia da Este, Della Rovere,
Duchess of Urbino
To the pair of Atlantis the Appenin shines,
To the Ganges the Isauro takes the first honor;
And by you of beauty and of splendor
With the bright East thunder contends:
You are a Sun, of whose fair rays take
Love the light, the motion, and the influence
Of sight, and of superior virtue
To the most lovely star, which kindles the day:
Upon the chariot of gold now those parts, now these,
Of the universe,the Sun adorns, and colors
And gives life to the trees, to the grass, and to flowers;
But of your beautiful eyes the heavenly Sun,
Yielding sweet life to the souls, and to hearts,
The one and the other Hemisphere at one time gilds.
Original rhyme scheme - ABBA/ABBA/CDECED
Ardente Sole (Burning Sun)
In Praise of the Most Illustrious and Most Excellent Lady
Duchess of Urbino
The man in this Balletto has to take the lady by the ordinary hand, that is by the left, as is had in the picture, doing together the Riverenza grave, with 2 Continenze; then walking they have to do 2 Passi gravi, and 1 Seguito ordinario, starting it with the left foot; the same is done starting it with the right foot, and following said walk, they have to do 2 other Seguiti, and to that final Seguito the knees are bent a little in the manner of meza Riverenza: then they are let go, turning them to the left hand, and doing 2 other Seguiti; and facing are done 2 Puntate, the one with the left foot forward, the other with the right back, and 1 Riverenza grave.
In the second time, are done together 2 Seguiti flanked forward, and 1 Passo with the left foot to the left flank, and touching the right hand they do together the Riverenza minima with the right foot: after with the same right foot is done another Passo to the right flank, touching the left hand; then doing Riverenza with the left foot back, are done another 2 Seguiti flanked, and 2 other turned to the left, finding them again facing.
In the third time, the right hand is taken, doing 2 Passi, and 1 Seguito, then it is let go, and changing place are done 2 Spezzati turned to the left, and 3 Trabuchetti facing. The man has to do a change of the Ballo called Passo e mezo, the which you will see in this volume: the change is this; 2 Passi in gagliarda, and the Cadenza; and said Passi, and Cadenza, are done 4 turns, but flanking it always: done which he has 4 times, he has to do 2 Campanelle, 1 back, and the other forward, with 2 Fioretti forward, and another 2 flanked; then one Trabuchetto is done to the left; and diminishing the right foot, which stands in air, he hops with both the feet gracefully on point of feet. The change of the Lady has to be such; she has to do 2 Seguiti spezzati flanked, and 3 Trabuchetti, settling her there a pause, that is a little while: the same she will do starting it with the right foot: being careful, that said change has to be done together.
In the fourth time, the left hand is taken, and each one returns to their place, doing the same change as much the man, so much the lady.
In the fifth, and final time the hands are taken, doing in the wheel 2 Riprese, and 2 Trabuchetti; the same is done another turn always to the left flank, and letting go the hands, are done 2 Seguiti spezzati turned to the left, and 3 Trabuchetti facing, starting it with the left foot; they will be turned then to take the hands, doing the same to the right flank, and starting with the right foot, and turning it to the right. After facing are done 2 Seguiti ordinarii flanked forward, and taking the ordinary and, are then done another 2, doing 1 Puntata forward, and 1 back. Then the man pausing the lady they do together the Riverenza, and will finish the Ballo.
Lute tablature, with the music of the Sonata of the Balletto Ardente Sole, done in 5 Times.