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|CSM Number : 132|
|Short name:||The Clerk of Pisa|
|Incipit:||Quen leixar Santa Maria|
|Refrain:||Quen leixar Santa Maria/ por outra, fará folia.|
|Summary of narrative|
There was a priest in Pisa who was both handsome and rich, but was so humble that he always wore a hair shirt.
He said the hours of the Virgin and, praying in front of her statue, promised to guard his virginity.
His parents died and he inherited their vineyards and orchards. His relatives urged him to get married, and pressured him to choose a bride from among the wealthiest and most beautiful women in the land.
He finally consented and his wedding day arrived. As the guests assembled, the priest remembered that he had neglected to say his prayers. He went into the church to pray and was overcome by fatigue. As he lay sleeping, he had a vision. The Virgin came with a heavenly host and reproached him for spurning her and taking another lover.
The priest got up and ordered the wedding banquet to be served, but he ate little because he was troubled about lying to the Virgin. When the priest lay down with his new bride he found that he was impotent, although he desired her very much.
He renounced his wealth and lived in poverty, guided by the Virgin.
|Stanza:||7' 7' 7' 7' 7' 7' 7'||Refrain:||7' 7'|
|No. of Stanzas:||20|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bcbcbca||Zejel:||Yes|
|T132, E132, To77|
|Apud Pisam erat quidam canonicus S. Cassiani (109)|
|apparition, bequest, canonical hours, chastity, hair shirt, impotence, marriage, poverty, priest , vow|
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|Clerk of Pisa||Pez
|Clerk of Pisa||Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
|Clerk of Pisa||Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
|Clerk of Pisa||Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
|The Clerk of Pisa||BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
|The Clerk of Pisa||Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
|Clerk of Pisa||Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
|The Clerk of Pisa||Gonzalo de Berceo
|Clerk of Pisa||Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
|Clerk of Pisa||Gautier de Coinci
|Clerk of Pisa||William of Malmesbury
|Clerk of Pisa||BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
|Clerk of Pisa||Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
|Clerk of Pisa||Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
|Clerk of Pisa||Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
|The Clerk of Pisa||BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
|Nobleza del Andaluzia|
Argote de Molina, Gonzalo
|Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi|
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
Burriel, Fr. Andrés Marcos (= Esteban de Terreros)
|Historical Anthology of Music|
Davison, A. T., and Willi Apel
|Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]|
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
|La cultura monástica en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X: pervivencia, adopción y reelaboración|
|Alfonso X, compositor|
Ferreira, Manuel pedro
|Parodia e contrafactum: en torno das cantigas de Afonso X, o Sábio|
Ferreira, Manuel Pedro
|Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio|
|Variantes de tres leyendas por Gil de Zamora|
|El arte mayor de Juan de Mena|
|Poesia galaico-portuguesa: Antologia del segle XII al XIX|
Llompart, Josep M., ed.
|O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria|
|Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy|
|Antología de Alfonso el Sabio|
|The Virgin’s Cures for Lust|
Powell Jayne, Cnynthia
|Relaciones entre los Milagros de Nuestra Señora y las Cantigas de Santa María|
Scarborough, Connie L.
|Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología|
Solalinde, Antonio G.
Terreros y Pandó, Esteban, & A. M. Burriel