Giwargis Warda

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Giwargis Warda (East Syriac/Nestorian; fl. first half of the 13th century) was a famous poet from Arbela, who lived during the period of the Mongol invasions. Several of his poems deal with contemporary events, including the sack of Karamlais by the Mongols in 1235/6.

Many of his hymns were adapted for use in the liturgy, and one of the Nestorian service books, which contains them, is known ias 'Warda' (=Rose).

He wrote around 150 poems, mainly on the lives of the saints, or feast-days in the church calendar. Only 23 have so far been published.