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|CSM Number : 145|
|Short name:||The Gold Given to John, the Patriarch of Alexandria||Alternative:||Gold is given to John, Patriarch of Alexandria|
|Incipit:||O que pola Virgen de grado|
|Refrain:||O que pola Virgen de grado seus dões/ der, dar-vo-ll-á ela grandes galardões.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Alexandria||Protagonist(s):||John, the Patriarch of Alexandria|
John, the Patriarch of Alexandria, was a very generous and pious man. He always gave alms to the poor and unfortunate. A famine, caused by drought and war, struck the region.
John gave away everything except the clothes he was wearing.
He prayed to the Virgin for aid.
On his way to mass one morning, he encountered a handsome, well-dressed youth. The youth conferred with John and gave him a large quantity of gold—-even more than the Emperor Nero had had when he burned Rome.
At mass, John prayed that the source of the gold would be revealed to him. He was told that Christ had given it to him at the Virgin’s request because of his charitable acts.
News of the miracle spread and the people praised the Virgin.
|Stanza:||11' 11' 11' 11'||Refrain:||11' 11'|
|No. of Stanzas:||14|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|alms, emperor, famine, gold, mass, Patriarch, poverty|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi|
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
|O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria|
|Catálogo de los manuscritos catalanes, valencianos, gallegos y portugueses de la Biblioteca de El Escorial|
Zarco Cuevas, Julián