Poems MSS / layout Miracles Keywords Poncelet Bibliography Search

View poem data

For the purposes of the new edition, every poem has been assigned a unique short title. The original short titles, taken eclectically from a number of sources, are retained as alternative short titles.
For new critical texts of the poems, return to the listing page and click on the poem number, or go to the archive of texts .
For epigraphs and layout information click on the appropriate manuscript location.
For information on Latin and vernacular sources of miracle stories follow the links to Miracles and collections. Follow the links to the appropriate pages of Todd McComb and Pierre Roberge's online discography, to the BITAGAP archive, and to linked entries in the Bibliography.
Home Page

Back to list
CSM Number : 336
Short name: The Lustful Knight who was Freed from Desire Alternative: Lustful knight is freed from desire
Incipit: Ben como punna o demo/ en fazer-nos que erremos
Refrain: Ben como punna o demo/ en fazer-nos que erremos/ outrossi a Virgen punna/ como nos d’ errar guardemos.
Summary of narrative
View Options: (Narrative Miniature Narrative & Miniature Miniature & Caption Narrative, Miniature & Both Captions )
Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a lustful knight

A handsome, humble, and courteous knight was devoted to the Virgin.

He praised her as much as he could and gave alms in her name to the poor, for he was also generous.

Nevertheless, he was extremely lustful. When he thought of the Virgin, he could keep his passion in check, but he often forgot and struggled with the devil, unable to overcome his lust.

The Virgin appeared to the knight in a vision and he begged her to have mercy on him. She looked at him angrily and told him to change his behaviour.

He replied that the sin [of lust] had been engrained in man’s nature from Adam’s time. He declared that he would not be free of it unless she cured him.

The very next day, the Virgin made that knight who had burned with lust, grow colder than snow. Thus, because the Virgin broke the devil’s power, the knight lived a virtuous life.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F101, E336
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
alms, chastity, impotence, knight, lust, snow
Discography
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
BITAGAP ID
4090
Bibliography
Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen