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CSM Number : 102
Short name: The Priest who was Cast into a Pit Alternative: Priest is robbed and cast into pit
Incipit: Sempr’ aos seus val
Refrain: Sempr’ aos seus val/ e de mal todavia/ guarda-os sen al/ a mui Santa Sennor.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a priest

A priest was devoted to the Virgin. Once he became lost and met a boy who offered to guide him and to protect him.

The priest gave the boy some money, but the lad betrayed him and led him to a gang of thieves.

They stole the priest’s belongings, stripped him of his clothes, and threw him into a pit.

The priest called on the Virgin and she caused him to come to rest in a hollow in the pit, instead of falling to the bottom.

The thieves threw stones into the pit, but none harmed the priest. After covering up the hole, they fled.

Some shepherds, hearing the priest’s cries, rescued him from the pit.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7' 7' 7' 7 Refrain: 5 12 6
No. of Stanzas: 16
Rhyme scheme: ANAB | cccb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T102, E102
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
children, loss (of way), priest , shepherd, thief/ thieves, well, abandonment
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3819
Bibliography
Viajeros y Peregrinos en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Manzi, Ofelia, & Francisco Corti
A estrutura métrico-rimática da cantiga 100 das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
A estructura métrica de algunas das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho