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|CSM Number : 261|
|Short name:||The Woman who Wished to See the Saints||Alternative:||Woman has a vision|
|Incipit:||Quen Jesucrist’ e sa madre veer/ quiser|
|Refrain:||Quen Jesucrist’ e sa Madre veer/ quiser, en sa vida á de guardar/ como punne de lles fazer prazer/ e se guarde de lles fazer pesar.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||unspecified||Protagonist(s):||a virtuous lady|
A lady summoned a holy bishop and went to hear him preach. Even though she had never met him before, she recognised him right away.
She made her confession and told him that had always wanted to see and pay homage to holy men and women. He advised her to stay in her room, fasting and waiting.
The lady did what the bishop had instructed, and on the ninth day, she saw a crowd of people walking from window to window on a ray of light, as if it were a bridge.
The woman, wanting to know who they were, asked the first in line. He replied that they were martyrs and angels accompanied by Christ and his mother.
She wept and asked Jesus and the Virgin to take her with them. Then she died. The bishop, hearing the news, went to her room where he found her body. It gave off an odour more pleasant than spices from Ultramar.
The bishop had the miracle written down and praised Jesus Christ and his mother.
|Stanza:||10 10 10 10 10 10||Refrain:||10 10 10 10|
|No. of Stanzas:||12|
|Rhyme scheme:||ABAB | ababba||Zejel:||Yes|
|angels, apparition, bell, bishop, fragrance, light (celestial), odour of sanctity , vision, Saints (other), sermon|
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|Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X|
|Phonology and Metrics: Aspects of Rhyme in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain|
Tinnell, Roger D.