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|CSM Number : 362|
|Short name:||The Blind Goldsmith whose Sight was Restored||Alternative:||De aurifice caeco illuminato Atrebati (Laon)|
|Incipit:||Ben pode Santa Maria/ seu lum’ ao cego dar|
|Refrain:||Ben pode Santa Maria/ seu lum’ ao cego dar/ pois que dos pecados pode/ as almas alumẽar.|
|Summary of narrative|
A goldsmith once made a reliquary for the cathedral of “Lyon” [probably Laon.
Later, he was struck blind.
The Dean, who took the reliquary on a fund-raising tour, visited Chartres.
At Chartres, the reliquary was described to the blind goldsmith who identified it as his workmanship.
He approached the reliquary, wept, and asked the Virgin to restore his sight.
His sight was not only restored, but also improved.
|Stanza:||15 15 15 15||Refrain:||15 15|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|F42, E362, To95|
|blindness, cathedral, craftsman, dean, fire, goldsmith, relics, reliquary, servant, sin, tears|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]|
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
|Poesía de santuarios|
Filgueira Valverde, José
|El culto de las reliquias en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio|
Martín Ansón, Maria Luisa
|Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy|
|Collection, Composition, and Compilation in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
Parkinson, Stephen, & Deirdre Jackson
|Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio|
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
|Canticles 35 and 362: Keys to the Poetic Style of the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
Vandrey, Philip Lee