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|CSM Number : 249|
|Short name:||The Stonemason who Survived a Great Fall||Alternative:||Builder falls from great height|
|Incipit:||Aquel que de voontade | Santa Maria servir|
|Refrain:||Aquel que de voontade | Santa Maria servir/ d’ ocajon será guardado | e d’ outro mal sen mentir.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||the Church of Almazán in Castrogeriz||Protagonist(s):||a builder|
Many men came to Castrogeriz to earn money building the church of Almazán on the outskirts of the city
One of them, however, worked only to earn the mercy and favour of the Virgin.
He was a skilled stonemason; he squared off the stones and laid them in rows.
One day, when he was working on the highest part of the building, he slipped and fell. As he was falling, he called out to the Virgin to save him.
Although fell from a great height and struck his head on the stones, he was unharmed.
He sprang up, ran to the altar, and gave thanks to the Virgin. Everyone present also praised the Virgin for the miracle.
|Stanza:||15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]||Refrain:||15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]|
|No. of Stanzas:||7|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:|
|accident, church (construction of) , fall (from building), mason|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Two for the Price of One: On the Castroxerix Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology|
|Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio|
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier