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CSM Number : 304
Short name: The Virgin’s Lamp Alternative: Only olive oil burns in the Virgin's lamp
Incipit: Aquela en que Deus carne/ prendeu
Refrain: Aquela en que Deus carne/ prendeu e nos deu por lume/ das cousas limpias se paga/ sempre, tal é seu costume.
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Setting: Ribela Protagonist(s): the people of Ribela

Long ago in Ribela there was a Benedictine monastery. Now only the church remains and it is dedicated to the Virgin.

There are five altars in the church, and one is consecrated to the Virgin.

Linseed oil is burned in the lamps before all the other altars.

But, only clear, pure, olive oil is burned before the Virgin’s altar.

It was the custom for people to try to light the lamp with other oils. But the light would always go out right away.

The people of Ribela do not dare to burn any other oil there.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 5
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F77, E304
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
Benedictines, lamp, oil (olive)
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4059
Bibliography
Poesía de santuarios
Filgueira Valverde, José
Afonso X e Galicia, e unha escolma de cantigas
Filgueira Valverde, José
Seeing is Believing: The Miniatures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Medieval Devotional Practices
Kennedy, Kirstin
El culto de las reliquias en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio
Martín Ansón, Maria Luisa
Historia de la literatura gallega.
Varela Jácome, Benito