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|CSM Number : 284|
|Short name:||The Dying Friar who was Tormented by the Devil||Alternative:||Dying friar is tormented by Devil|
|Incipit:||Quen ben fiar na Virgen|
|Refrain:||Quen ben fiar na Virgen | de todo coraçon/ guarda-lo-á do demo | e de sa tentaçon.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||unspecified||Protagonist(s):||a dying friar|
A friar was very ill.
As he lay dying, the devil gave him a sign. It appeared against a door and he stared at it.
A friar asked him why he was staring. The sick man began to babble and writhed and twisted, as if he were delirious. He replied that there was no point in doing good rather than evil.
Hearing this, his companion realised that this must be the devil’s work, and he encouraged the sick friar to recite a verse to the Virgin to chase the devil away.
The friar did so and the devil left him alone.
After reciting the verse he began to laugh. He saw the Virgin Mary coming and said he wished to go with her. Then he made his confession, repented of his disbelief, and took communion. He asked them to take him from his bed and to place him on the ground. Then he died.
|Stanza:||13 [6’ 6] 13 [6’ 6] 13 [6’ 6] 13 [6’ 6]||Refrain:||13 [6’ 6] 13 [6’ 6]|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:|
|apparition, confession (see also repentance), death (hour of), devils, extreme unction, illness, monastery, monks, soul, book (of miracles)|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X|
|Alfonso X el Sabio, un rey ’cantigueiro’|
Llorens Cistero, José María
|Alfonso X, miracle collector|
|Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology|