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|CSM Number : 264|
|Short name:||The Icon of the Virgin Mary Saves Constantinople||Alternative:||Painting of the Virgin saves Constantinople|
|Incipit:||Pois aos seus que ama/ defende todavia|
|Refrain:||Pois aos seus que ama/ defende todavia/ dereit’ é que defenda/ a si Santa Maria.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Constantinople||Protagonist(s):||the citizens of Constantinople|
Some Moorish warriors, with a large fleet, laid siege to Constantinople. They gained control of the river, and cut off the citizen’s water supply.
The people took solace in a miraculous portrait of the Virgin that had been painted from life by St Luke.
A knight, trusting in the Virgin, had the image placed on the shore. After it had been placed there, the people prayed to the Virgin to defend them from the Moors.
Then, raising their hands to heaven, they tossed the image into the sea.
At once, the ships of the Moors sank.
The people gave thanks to the Virgin.
|Stanza:||13' 13' 13' 13'||Refrain:||13' 13'|
|No. of Stanzas:||11|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|fleet, galley, image (of Virgin Mary), knight, Muslims/Moors, pilgrimage, portrait (of Virgin Mary), shipwreck, siege, warfare|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Alfonso X, el Sabio compara moros y judíos|
|Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
Davis, Jr, William Richard
|Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X|
|Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio|
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
|Os judeus na Espanha do século XIII, segundo as Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X o Sábio|
Teensma, B. N.