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CSM Number : 271
Short name: The Ship that was Stuck Fast in the River Alternative: Ship stuck in river is freed
Incipit: Ben pode seguramente/ demanda-lo que quiser
Refrain: Ben pode seguramente/ demanda-lo que quiser/ aa Virgen tod’ aquele/ que en ela ben crever.
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Setting: the Morabe River near Azemmour [in Morocco] Protagonist(s): some Christian mariners

A ship, owned by the king of Alenquer, was stuck fast in the Morabe River near Azemmour.

The captain and crew fended off an attack by the Moors, but they could not sail away because there was no wind. They were stranded there for three months.

The captain assembled the men and told them that they should offer a gift to the Virgin. He solicited donations.

He assured his crew that the Virgin would cause a wind to spring up. He said that they could hang him headfirst from the mast if she failed to so.

The men each contributed something towards a chalice to be offered to the Virgin of Puy. The captain ordered the crew to get the ship ready to sail.

As soon as the vow had been made, the captain ordered the sails unfurled. The sea rose, a wind sprang up and the ship sailed out of the river.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F46, E271
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
chalice, death (hour of), doldrums, Muslims/Moors, offerings, river, ship, vigil, wind
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4024
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