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|CSM Number : 229|
|Short name:||The Moors who Tried to Destroy the Church of Vilasirga||Alternative:||Moors cannot destroy church of Villa-Sirga|
|Incipit:||Razon é grand’ e dereito|
|Refrain:||Razon é grand’ e dereito/ que defenda ben a si/ a que defend’ outros muitos/ per com eu sei e oi.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Villasirga and Carrión||Protagonist(s):||some Moors|
Once when some men were building the church of Vilasirga, a band of Moors attacked the place.
The men fled to Carrión, leaving the church unprotected.
The Moors set about destroying the church, but no matter how hard they tried, they were unable to damage it or budge a single stone.
Furthermore, the Virgin caused them to lose the strength of their limbs and the sight of their eyes.
The powerless Moors were carried out of there.
The people, hearing the news, praised the Virgin for defending her church.
|Stanza:||15 15 15 15||Refrain:||15 15|
|No. of Stanzas:||6|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|blindness, church (protection of), king, lame, Muslims/Moors, paralysis, penance, warfare|
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|Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
Davis, Jr, William Richard