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CSM Number : 182
Short name: The Thief who was Brought back to Life Alternative: Thief is revived
Incipit: Deus que mui ben barata
Refrain: Deus que mui ben barata/ quen pola Virgen cata.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a thief

A thief roamed the forest, robbing people.

He took whatever he could get, including bread and wine, and gold and silver.

Nevertheless, the thief was devoted to the Virgin, and he never committed crimes on the eve of her feast days.

If anyone asked him something in the Virgin’s name, he would do it.

The thief died suddenly and a host of devils carried him to a hilltop and beat him badly.

His mother prayed to the Virgin to restore her son’s life. The Virgin resurrected him, and saved him from hell. He obeyed her will from then on.

Metrical data
Stanza: 6' 6' 6' 6' Refrain: 6' 6'
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T182, E182
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
bread, devils, gold, resurrection, Saturday (devoted to Virgin Mary), thief/ thieves, vigil, wine
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3933
Bibliography
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Os afazeres do demónio nas Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X
Rodrigues, Maria Idalina Resina