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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
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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.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7' 7' 7' 7' Refrain: 7' 7'
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E231, ToAppendix 04
Poncelet reference
Beatae Mariae basilica a Constantino mirabili opere (138)
altar, apparition, children, marble (blocks of), mason
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Miracle Collection
Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys Vincent de Beauvais
Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys John of Garland
Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys Ripoll
(Rivipullensis 193)
Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys Gregory of Tours
Columns Raised by Three Schoolboys Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
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
Aubry, Pierre
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
Martins, Mário
Cantigues d’Anfós el Savi
Pedrell, Felipe
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier