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Stabat Virgo dolorosa

En textkritisk och musikvetenskaplig utgåva av ett svenskt rimofficium från ca 1400


  • Katarina Hallqvist

Summary, in English

The genre of Swedish versified offices from the Middle Ages has been utterly unnoticed, despite the great value it bears to research in a number of fields.
This is a critical text edition and a musicological edition of the anonymously written Swedish versified office "Stabat Virgo dolorosa", for the feast "Compassio Marie". It is thought to have been composed around 1400 in or in close connection to Vadstena Abbey. The edition uses nine text witnesses, two of them also including the music. Three of them are manuscripts from the Vadstena Abbey Library, now in the University Library of Uppsala, namely C 435, C 23 and C 21. The other six are the six diocese breviaries from the ecclesiastical province of Uppsala. The edition is made with C 435 and C 23 as base texts.
Whereas the Divine Office in general, with mostly standard texts from the Bible, the Church Fathers and hagiography, gives less information, the poetry of the versified offices tells us more about the use of Latin in medieval Sweden, the music composed to fit the words, the interaction between words and music, the poets inner thought and his use of words and emotions to mirror the standard texts also included.
This edition has been done to facilitate research on medieval Latin poetry, liturgy, spirituality, Gregorian chant and emotions. The interdisciplinarity of the edition widens the opportunities to reach further into the imaginary and emotional world of the medieval mind.
In the Introduction the context of the edition is briefly described in the fields of liturgy, theology and musicology. Explanatory comments are given in the endnotes of the edition.


  • Latin
  • Master's Programme: Language and Linguistics

Publishing year




Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Versified Office
  • Rhymed Office
  • Compassio Marie
  • Gregorian Chant
  • Liturgy
  • medieval music
  • stabat


  • Cajsa Sjöberg (senior lecturer)