Stabat Mater dolorosa

Stabat Mater dolorosa. The authorship of this remarkable Sequence, described by JJ as ‘the most pathetic hymn of the Middle Ages’ (p. 1081), is uncertain. In recent editions of A&M and in EH it is ascribed to Jacopo Benedetti, known as Jacopone da Todi* (ca. 1236-1306), but this is almost certainly spurious. It first appears in the Laude of Jacopone in an edition published at Brescia in 1495, but this collection contains other Latin poems that are not by him; and they are not found in an earlier edition (Florence, 1490). In JJ it is tentatively attributed to Pope Innocent III, based on the opinion of earlier writers (Pope Benedict XIV, Franz Joseph Mone). Wackernagel, Das Deutsche...

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