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|CSM Number : 244|
|Short name:||The Disrespectful Sailor||Alternative:||The Whale that Swam into Port|
|Incipit:||Gran dereit’ é que mal venna|
|Refrain:||Gran dereit’ é que mal venna/ ao que ten en desden/ os feitos da Groriosa/ con que nos faz tanto ben.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Laredo||Protagonist(s):||a disdainful man|
There is a church, dedicated to the Virgin, outside the town of Laredo. Many miracles are performed at that place and people go there to make whatever offerings they can afford. One day a whale swam into port. When the people saw it, almost all of them rushed down to the shore.
They killed the whale and started to make their way home, but first they stopped at the church to commend themselves to God and the Virgin.
One of the sailors mocked the people going to the church. He scoffed at them and said that he was doing the sensible thing—going to the tavern.
He went to the tavern and drank some wine, but his belly swelled up enormously.
The man was distressed and begged his relatives to take him to the church. They kept vigil and made offerings.
The next day, when the man heard the Virgin’s mass, his health was restored and he was fitter than ever.
|Stanza:||15 15 15 15||Refrain:||15 15|
|No. of Stanzas:||8|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|belly, blasphemy, mass, whale, wine|
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