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CSM Number : 327
Short name: The Priest who Made Underpants from an Altarcloth Alternative: Priest punished for making underpants from altarcloth
Incipit: Porque ben Santa Maria/ sabe os seus dões dar
Refrain: Porque ben Santa Maria/ sabe os seus dões dar/ muito per faz gran folia/ quen lle vai a seu furtar.
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Setting: Odemira [in Beja, Portugal] Protagonist(s): a priest

A church dedicated to the Virgin stood outside the town of Odemira. It was a venerable church and many miracles were performed there.

A woman offered to the church a finely woven altar cloth. It measured a little more than a vara.

A priest admired the cloth and coveted it. He stole it and took it to his house. He had a pair of underpants fashioned from it.

He put on his new underwear and lay down, but he could not sleep because his heels began to press into his thighs. The pain was excruciating, and, confessing his sin, he called on the Virgin.

He repented and had a large linen cloth placed on the altar.

He was taken to the church and everyone prayed for him to the Virgin. She cured him and they praised her name.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E327
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
altarcloth, blasphemy, confession (see also repentance), legs (injured or swollen), pain, priest , repentance (see also confession), underpants
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4081
Bibliography
Los clérigos, las ’cantigas’ y las ’Siete Partidas’
Cash, Annette Grant
Resumen de ’¿Cuáles son los orígenes musicales de las Cantigas?’
García Moreno, María Teresa
La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio
González, Jr., Juan
Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário
A estrutura métrico-rimática da cantiga 100 das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
A estructura métrica de algunas das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
A propósito de la partícula per, intensiva o perfectiva en la lengua medieval gallego-portuguesa
Rodríguez, José Luis