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|CSM Number : 163|
|Short name:||The Gambler who Renounced the Virgin||Alternative:||Gambler renounces Virgin (Salas)|
|Incipit:||Pode por Santa Maria/ o mao perde-la fala|
|Refrain:||Pode por Santa Maria/ o mao perde-la fala/ e ar, se se ben repente/ per ela pode cobra-la.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Huesca and Salas||Protagonist(s):||a gambler|
A gambler, playing dice in Huesca, lost everything and renounced the Virgin.
He was instantly crippled and struck dumb.
He could not move from that place, and if he wanted something he had to gesture for it.
Using sign language, he asked to be taken to Salas.
At Salas, he gazed at the Virgin’s statue and asked her pardon.
The Virgin healed him and he praised her from then on.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||5|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|blasphemy, dice, gambling, image (of Virgin Mary), lame, mute, pilgrimage, repentance (see also confession), sign language, tongue|
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|Santa María de Salas en el Siglo XIII. Estudio sobre algunas Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio|
Aguado Bleye, Pedro
|La fama del santuario de Salas en lo antiguo|
Arco, Ricardo del
|’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned|
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
|’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio|
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim