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CSM Number : 116
Short name: The Candles that Miraculously Came Alight Alternative: Merchant's candles are relit (Salamanca)
Incipit: Dereit’ é de lume dar
Refrain: Dereit’ é de lume dar/ a que Madr’ é do lume.
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Setting: Salamanca Protagonist(s): a merchant

A merchant went to Salamanca to trade at the fair.

It was his custom to serve the Virgin faithfully and to fast rigorously. On the eve of her feasts, he would not even eat vegetables or fish.

He always used to offer candles at churches dedicated to the Virgin.

In Salamanca, he had his servant fetch two large candles that he had brought from Toledo.

He had them lit and guarded so that they would not go out.

The Virgin let them go out, but then caused them to burn once again.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 6' 7 6' 7 6' 6' 6' Refrain: 7 6'
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AB | cdcdcdeb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T116, E116
Poncelet reference
candle, fasting, merchant, servant
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A estructura métrica de algunas das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho