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CSM Number : 337
Short name: The Roaring Father Alternative: Horse and rider fall from bridge
Incipit: Tan gran poder á a Virgen
Refrain: Tan gran poder á a Virgen/ aos da terra guardar/ de mal, come aos outros/ que nunca passaron mar.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a man and his son

A man wanted to go on pilgrimage overseas and went there in a vision, seeing many marvels.

When he woke up he was obsessed by the vision and pestered people, arguing with them about it and tugging at their clothes in his agitation.

The man had a son whom he loved dearly. He gave the child a horse to ride.

One day while the boy was riding, he fell with the horse from a very high bridge. His father called to the Virgin to save the boy.

The Virgin was as startled by his voice as she had been when King Herod tried to murder her own son. She ordered the saints to go and rescue the boy and then, terrified by the shout, fled with her son to Jerusalem

The boy and the horse were rescued, and the Virgin and Child escaped from King Herod.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F102, E337
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
children, fall (from bridge) , horse, Saints (other), vision
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4091
Bibliography
Algunas notas sobre la presencia de elementos tipológicos o figurativos en los ’Milagros’ de Gonzalo de Berceo y en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X
Disalvo, Santiago
Para uma nova edição das Cantigas de Santa Maria: duas leituras novas
Parkinson, Stephen