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CSM Number : 383
Short name: The Pilgrim Woman Saved from Drowning Alternative: Pilgrim to Holy Land is saved from drowning
Incipit: O fondo do mar tan chão
Refrain: O fondo do mar tan chão/ faz come a terra dura/ aos seus Santa Maria/ Sennor de mui gran mesura.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Sigüenza in Extremadura and Acre Protagonist(s): a female pilgrim

In Sigüenza, a rich bishopric, there was a woman devoted to the Virgin. She often went to the Old Church of Holy Mary there.

Both the woman and her daughter wished to go on pilgrimage to see the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. They hired a guide and set off.

They travelled through many lands, and crossed the sea easily because the winds were favourable. They went to Acre and then to see the sepulchre. After visiting many of places where Christ had walked, they returned to Acre.

They went down to the port and boarded a ship. The daughter went up the ladder first, but her mother, following, fell into the water. As she fell, the woman called on the Virgin of the Old Church in Sigüenza.

The Virgin came to her rescue, led her through the water, and brought her to the surface safely. Everyone who saw this knelt and thanked the Virgin.

On her return, the woman held novenas in the Old Church.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E383
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
fall (into sea), novenas, pilgrimage, water (walking on/under), accident, Holy Sepulchre
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4134
Bibliography
Historia del Puerto de Santa María
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito