O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden. Paul Gerhardt* (1607-1676). This is from a series of seven Passiontide hymns, entitled ‘Passions-Salve an die leidenden Glieder Christi’, written as a German imitation of a medieval Latin series addressing the body of Christ on the Cross (see ‘Salve caput cruentatum*). The Latin series was wrongly attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux*, as Gerhardt explains in his sub-title, claiming it for Arnulf von Löwen*: ‘Nach einem mittelalterlichen lateinischen Hymnus, der fälschlich dem heiligen Bernhard von Clairvaux zugeschrieben wurde und neuerdings für Arnulph von Löwen in Anspruch genommen wird’. Gerhardt’s hymns followed the Latin in addressing the various parts of...

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