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CSM Number : 252
Short name: The Labourers who were Buried under a Pile of Sand Alternative: Labourers are trapped underground
Incipit: Tan gran poder á sa Madre
Refrain: Tan gran poder á sa Madre/ deu eno fondo da terra/ Deus d’ acorrer os coitados/ ben come en alta serra.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Castrogeriz Protagonist(s): some labourers

Some men were building a church in Castrogeriz.

While they were digging, the earth collapsed above them. It trapped them underneath as if someone had closed a door.

The men thought that they would die, but the Virgin saved them from the devil who was after their souls.

The people of the town heard what had happened and dug into the sand.

They thought the men were dead, but they found them praying to the Virgin.

Everyone praised the Virgin in front of her altar in the church that they were building.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 5
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F63, E252
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
accident, church (construction of) , sand
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4002
Bibliography
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