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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
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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.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11' 11' 11' 11' Refrain: 11' 11'
No. of Stanzas: 16
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F58, E319
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
children, herbs, incantation, offerings, pilgrimage, rabies, Saints (other), vigil
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4073
Bibliography
Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário
Os Riba de Vizela, Senhores de Terena (1259-1312)
Rei, António