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|CSM Number : 358|
|Short name:||The Builders who were Supplied with Stone||Alternative:||Builders discover supply of cut stone|
|Incipit:||A que as cousas coitadas|
|Refrain:||A que as cousas coitadas/ d’ ajudar muit’ é tẽuda/ non vos é gran maravilla/ se x’ ela a si ajuda.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Santa Maria do Porto||Protagonist(s):||an unnamed builder and Ali, the master builder of the Church of Santa Maria do Porto|
The builders of the Church of Santa Maria do Porto had been working for fifty days. They were laying the foundation and needed many stones.
Because of bad weather, they could not transport by sea the small stones they required.
One of the builders told the master builder, Ali, that he had found a stone of suitable size.
He showed it to him and they dug it up. It was square, not round, and when they dug some more, they found plenty of other ones like it.
Building progressed rapidly, and soon the walls of the church could be seen from a great distance. The walls and towers were constructed, giving the people a place to take refuge, since they had had none before.
Although Ali was a Moor, he realised that the Virgin had guarded those stones like a great treasure and everyone praised her.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||7|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|builders, church (construction of) , gold, image (of Virgin Mary), king, mason, Muslims/Moors, sea, stone (blocks of), storm, tower (construction of), treasure, wall|
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|De amor y de burlas. Antología de la poesía medieval gallego-portugués|
|Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500|
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
|Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria|
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
|The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio|
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
|Historia del Puerto de Santa María|
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito