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|CSM Number : 238|
|Short name:||The Blasphemous Minstrel||Alternative:||Blasphemous minstrel goes to Hell|
|Incipit:||O que viltar quer a Virgen|
|Refrain:||O que viltar quer a Virgen/ de que Deus carne fillou/ se pois del filla vingança/ maravilla nono dou.|
|Summary of narrative|
A minstrel who was playing dice one day began to curse God and the Virgin.
The people were so shocked by the things he said that most of them went away.
A chaplain happened to go by, carrying the consecrated host to a person who was ill. Seeing the chaplain, the people knelt reverently, but the minstrel spit and scoffed at them.
Returning from his errand, the chaplain rebuked the minstrel and advised him to perform penance. The minstrel scorned the chaplain and continued to denounce God and the Virgin.
Having asked God to avenge the insult, the chaplain went away, and a devil came and seized the minstrel. He squeezed him so tightly that he twisted him completely.
The man never spoke another word. When he died, his soul went straight to hell.
|Stanza:||15 15 15 15||Refrain:||15 15|
|No. of Stanzas:||13|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|blasphemy, chaplain, devils, dice, Eucharist, gambling, hell, host, Jews, minstrel, priest|
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Carpenter, Dwayne E.
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Disalvo, Santiago and Germán Rossi
|La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio|
González, Jr., Juan
|Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio|
|’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio|
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim