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CSM Number : 315
Short name: The Child who Swallowed a Stalk of Wheat Alternative: Child eats stalk of wheat (Atocha)
Incipit: Tant’ aos pecadores/ a Virgen val de grado
Refrain: Tant’ aos pecadores/ a Virgen val de grado/ per que seu santo nome/ dev’ a seer mui loado
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Atocha, near Madrid Protagonist(s): a little boy

In a village near Madrid there lived a poor woman with a little son.

One day she went with the others to the fields to glean wheat. She took her little boy with her and, propping him up against some bundles of wheat, commended him to the Virgin.

The boy swallowed a large head of wheat and it caused his belly to swell.

When his mother saw this, she was very distressed and thought that he would die. She carried him to Madrid and watched over him for several days. She thought that a spider or snake had poisoned him.

People advised her to take the boy to Holy Mary of Atocha and she and her neighbours did so.

They laid the boy before the altar and undressed him to see if he had any bites or wounds. They discovered a head of wheat emerging from his side and praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13' 13' 13' 13' Refrain: 13' 13'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E315
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
belly, children, pilgrimage, poison, reaping, wheat
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4070
Bibliography
Madrid desde el año 1197 hasta el de 1202
Fita, Fidel
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Folklore in the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio
Keller, John Esten