Alphons diepenbrock stabat mater speciosa
Stabat Mater Speciosa ("The beautiful mother stood") is a Catholic hymn to Mary about the Nativity of Jesus.
It first appeared in a 1495 edition of the Italian poems of Jacopone da Todi, along with the other Stabat, but the Speciosa was almost forgotten until it was re-transcribed in 1852 in the "Poètes Franciscains en Italie au Treizième siècle" in Paris. The Speciosa has since been viewed as one of the tenderest Marian hymns and one of the seven greatest Latin hymns. It has become part of standard oratorios (e.g. Franz Liszt's Christus), and has given rise to various Christmas carols.