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|CSM Number : 141|
|Short name:||The Old Monk whose Youth was Restored||Alternative:||Old Monk Restored to Youth|
|Incipit:||Quen muit’ onrrar o nome da Sennor conprida|
|Refrain:||Quen muit’ onrrar o nome da Sennor conprida/ dar-ll-á en este mundo e no outro vida.|
|Summary of narrative|
A monk always fell to his knees and kissed the ground when the Virgin’s name was mentioned.
He began to age and his limbs grew weak. When he fell to the ground, he could no longer get up again. The abbot instructed two other monks to watch over and assist the elderly one.
One day, when he was kneeling alone, the old monk fell to the ground. He called on the Virgin to help him.
The Virgin raised him up and told him that if he kissed the altar his old age would disappear.
The monk kissed the altar cloth and his youth was restored. He looked like a man of twenty and the abbot and the monks did not recognise him.
The Virgin made the monks recognise him so that word of her compassion would be spread.
|Stanza:||12' 12' 12' 12'||Refrain:||12' 12'|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|Legitur in miraculis B.V. quod fuit quidam monachus, qui summe (1007)|
|abbot, altar, altarcloth, apparition, Ave Maria (saying of), kissing, monks, name (of Virgin Mary), old age|
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|Old Monk Restored to Youth||Jean Gobi
|La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III|
|Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi|
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
|The Early Seguidilla|
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
|A Note on King Alfonso’s Use of Popular Themes in his Cantigas|
Keller, John Esten
|O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria|
|Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio|