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CSM Number : 211
Short name: The Bees that Repaired the Paschal Candle Alternative: Bees repair paschal candle
Incipit: Apostos miragres faz todavia
Refrain: Apostos miragres faz todavia/ por nos, e fremosos, Santa Maria.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Elche Protagonist(s): the people of Elche

The people of Elche attended mass on the day of Pentecost.

As they were listening to the service, they noticed that the Paschal candle had melted down on one side.

They were unhappy to see the candle ruined.

As the priest was praying, a swarm of white bees entered the church through a hole in the wall.

The bees began to repair the candle with the melted wax.

When the people saw this, they realised that it was a miracle and praised the Virgin. They left the swarm alone, and the bees settled there and made a lot of honey.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10' 10' 10' 10' Refrain: 10' 10'
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F97, E211, ToAppendix 07
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
bees, candle, candle (paschal), feast day, honey , mass, Pentecost (feast of), wax
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3878
Bibliography
The Early Seguidilla
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
El reino de Murcia en las cantigas alfonsinas del códice de Florencia
Hernández Serna, Joaquín
A estructura métrica de algunas das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
Questões de estructura estrófica nas Cantigas de Santa Maria: estructuras múltiplas, assimetrias e continuações inconsistentes
Parkinson, Stephen
Literatura galega medieval. I. A história. II. Antoloxia de textos comentados (lírica e prosa)
Pena, Xosé Ramón
Manual e Antoloxía da Literatura Galega Medieval
Pena, Xosé Ramón
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel
La cultura murciana en el reinado de Alfonso X
Torres Fontes, Juan