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|CSM Number : 319|
|Short name:||The Rabid Girl||Alternative:||Rabid girl is healed (Terena)|
|Incipit:||Quen quer mui ben|
|Refrain:||Quen quer mui ben pod’ a Virgen groriosa/ de door guarir, non será tan coitosa.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Badajoz and Terena||Protagonist(s):||a girl with rabies|
On the banks of the Guadiana River, there is a church of the Virgin called Terena. Whoever is suffering pain, rabies, or any other sickness, leaves that place cured.
There was a man in Badajoz who trusted in the Virgin. He had a daughter who had contracted rabies.
The girl was so rabid that she could not be restrained; herbs and incantations did her no good. The saints also failed to help her.
Her parents lived in torment with her. They grieved and wept because she was their only child.
Her mother took her to Terena, praying the whole way.
As soon as the girl saw the church, she was fully cured and told the people to untie her. Her parents were delighted and gave as many offerings as they could afford. Then they returned to their land with their daughter, proclaiming the Virgin’s faithfulness.
|Stanza:||11' 11' 11' 11'||Refrain:||11' 11'|
|No. of Stanzas:||16|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|children, herbs, incantation, offerings, pilgrimage, rabies, Saints (other), vigil|
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|Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|Os Riba de Vizela, Senhores de Terena (1259-1312)|