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|CSM Number : 254|
|Short name:||The Monks who Abandoned their Monastery||Alternative:||Monks on Riverbank|
|Incipit:||O nome da Virgen santa|
|Refrain:||O nome da Virgen santa/ atan muit’ é temoroso/ que quand’ o oe o demo/ perde seu poder astroso.|
|Summary of narrative|
Two monks, tired of living under the strict rules of their order, left their monastery for a day.
They passed the time, walking along the banks of a river, chatting, laughing and larking about.
While they were walking along, they saw a little boat full of men coming down the river. The monks were curious and asked the men who they were.
One of them explained that he and his companions were devils in the guise of men, bearing away the soul of an official (“un alguazil”) from Ebron.
The monks asked the Virgin to protect them from the devils. The devils said that if the monks had not done so, they would have taken them with them to hell because they had abandoned their monastery.
When the monks heard this, they hurried back to the monastery, confessed, and were pardoned.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||7|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|Legitur in gestis Francorum quod monachi quidam tempore (960)|
|canonical hours, confession (see also repentance), devils, frivolity, hell, monastery, monks, name (of Virgin Mary), pardon, river, soul|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Monks on Riverbank||Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
|Monks on Riverbank||Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
|Monks on Riverbank||Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
|La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III|
|Contributo allo studio della letteratura miracolistica|
Bertolucci Pizzorusso, Valeria
|Los clérigos, las ’cantigas’ y las ’Siete Partidas’|
Cash, Annette Grant
|Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]|
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
|Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio|