The celebrated Latin hymn on the Crucifixion, which forms a
part of the service during Passion week, in the Roman Catholic Church.
It was composed by Jacopone, a Franciscan of the thirteenth century,
and has been set to music by Pergolese, also by Rossini.
In the catalogue of the Library of Burgundy, No. 13,993, is the
“Item fol. 77. Benedictus Papa XII. composuit hane orationem: `Stabat
Mater dolorosa iuxta crucem,' etc., concessitque cuilibet confesso
poenitenti dicenti eam pro qualibet vice 30 dies indulgentium.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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