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|CSM Number : 257|
|Short name:||The Virgin’s Relics are Preserved in Seville||Alternative:||The Virgin preserves her relics|
|Incipit:||Ben guarda Santa Maria pola sa vertude|
|Refrain:||Ben guarda Santa Maria pola sa vertude/ sas relicas per que muitos receben saude.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Seville||Protagonist(s):||King don Alfonso|
In Seville, King Alfonso had a large collection of relics of the Virgin and of various saints.
One day, he locked them up and went away. He did not order anyone to guard them.
He was away in Castile for ten years before returning to Seville.
On his return, he found that the relics had been badly damaged, even though they had been wrapped in cloth.
All of the relics were ruined and the chests in which they were stored were broken.
Nevertheless, the relics of the Virgin Mary were well preserved for she always prevents her things from suffering harm. When he saw this, King Alfonso praised Jesus Christ and felt great love for the Virgin.
|Stanza:||13' 13' 13' 13'||Refrain:||13' 13'|
|No. of Stanzas:||5|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|king, relics, reliquary, Saints (other)|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Cantigas del Rey Sabio|
|Seeing is Believing: The Miniatures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Medieval Devotional Practices|
|El culto de las reliquias en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio|
Martín Ansón, Maria Luisa
|Annales eclesiásticos y seculares de la muy noble y muy leal ciudad de Sevilla|
Ortiz de Zúñiga, Diego
|Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning|
Procter, Evelyn S.