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Arnulf von Löwen

ARNULF von Löwen [Leuven, Louvain, Leeuwen]. b. Louvain, ca.1200; d. ca.1251. He became the Cistercian Abbot of Villers-en-Brabant (1240-1248). Arnulf von Löwen is famous for his long Passion poem ‘Ad singula membra Christi patientis rhythmus’ which begins ‘Salve mundi salutare’. There are seven sections, each beginning ‘Salve’. Each section consists of five verses, devoted to Christ’s wounds, to (respectively) the feet, the knees, the hands, the side, breast, heart, and the face. The poem has often been attributed, wholly or partly, to Bernard of Clairvaux*, but as early as the time of Paul Gerhardt* it was ascribed to von Löwen. The most famous section of the poem is that devoted to...

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