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CSM Number : 376
Short name: Don Manuel’s Ring Alternative: Alfonso X gives a ring to Don Manuel
Incipit: A Virgen, cuja mercee/ é pelo mundo sabuda
Refrain: A Virgen cuja mercee/ é pelo mundo sabuda/ fazer achar pod’ a cousa/ aos que a an perduda.
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Setting: Seville Protagonist(s): the King [Alfonso X], his brother, don Manuel, and one of the King’s men

The King lived in Seville where he protected the land, settled it, and maintained a fleet. While he was living in Seville, his brother, don Manuel, was with him. He had risked his life in the King’s service and the King loved him.

One day, when the two were talking, the King showed his brother a jasper ring, which he was wearing. The stone had been set in gold by a member of the King’s household, and he promised to give it to don Manuel.

When don Manuel returned to his lodgings, the King summoned a man to take the ring to him.

The man set off, but did not take proper care of the ring, and lost it along the way. He prayed to Santa Maria do Porto to recover it and vowed to give her six libras of fine wax.

While he was saying this prayer, another man found the ring and returned it to him.

The King’s man gave it to don Manuel and told him what had happened. He also reported the miracle to the King, and he, and all who were there, praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
ex-voto, king, ring, stones (precious), wax, fig, fleet, gold
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Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
Don Juan Manuel’s father, Infante Manuel, in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Kinkade, Richard
Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel