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|CSM Number : 231|
|Short name:||The Three Boys who Raised Marble Blocks||Alternative:||Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys|
|Incipit:||Vertud’ e sabedoria|
|Refrain:||Vertud’ e sabedoria/ de ben á Santa Maria.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||unspecified||Protagonist(s):||three little boys|
The Emperor Constantine built a splendid church for the Virgin.
He gave a lot of money to the master stonemasons who had blocks of marble brought from “Romania” and many other places. Some blocks were for altars, and others, for pillars.
The pieces of marble were so large that they could not be lifted.
Although many people gathered together to lift them, they could not even shift the smallest one. This problem troubled the master mason.
One night, as he lay sleeping, the Virgin appeared to him. She told him to appoint three brave little boys to lift the stones and assured him that they would be able to do it without mechanical aids.
The mason selected the boys and they raised the stones by the Virgin’s power.
|Stanza:||7' 7' 7' 7'||Refrain:||7' 7'|
|No. of Stanzas:||14|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|E231, ToAppendix 04|
|Beatae Mariae basilica a Constantino mirabili opere (138)|
|altar, apparition, children, marble (blocks of), mason|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||Vincent de Beauvais
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||John of Garland
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||Ripoll
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||Gregory of Tours
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||Jean Gobi
|Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys||Johannes Herolt
|Les Cantigas de Santa Maria de don Alfonso el Sabio|
|Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi|
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
|Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]|
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
|O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria|
|Cantigues d’Anfós el Savi|
|Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio|
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier