a priest of Bamberg in the eleventh century, author of a famous
poem known as the "Song
of the Miracles of Christ" (Cantilena
de miraculis Christi), or the
"Anegenge" or "Beginning". The poem was found
by Barack in a Strasburg MS. of the eleventh century, but only a
few strophes are given. The whole song, thirty-four strophes, is
preserved, though in a later version, in the Vorau MS. The "Vita
Altmanni" relates that in 1065, when rumors of the
approaching end of the world were rife, many people started on a
pilgrimage to Jerusalem under the leadership of Bishop Gunther of
Bamberg, and that Ezzo composed the poem on this occasion. The
opening strophe of the Vorau MS. does not mention the pilgrimage,
but simply states that the bishop ordered Ezzo to write the song.
The effect, we are told, was such that everybody hastened to take
monastic vows. The poem is written in the East Franconian dialect;
it relates in earnest language the Creation, Fall, and Redemption
of mankind. It was edited by P. Piper (op.
cit. infra) and Steinmayer (in
Müllenhoff and Scherer "Denkmaler deutscher Poesie and
Prosa aus dem VIII-XII Jahrhundert", Berlin, 1892).
- Piper, Die
geistliche Dichtung des M. A. in
Deutsche Nat. Lit
1, 37 seq; Kelle,
Die Quelle von Ezzos Gesang von den
Wundern Christi (Vienna, 1803).