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CSM Number : 398
Short name: The Wolves that Guarded Sheep Alternative: Wolves guard sheep
Incipit: A madre do Pastor bõo
Refrain: A madre do Pastor bõo/ que connosceu seu gãado/ ben pode guardar aquele/ que lle for acomendado.
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Setting: Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): a man named don Domingo, and his wife, doña Sancha

King Alfonso X of Léon and Castile built a very noble church in Santa Maria do Porto. While it was being built, the Virgin performed many miracles there.

One of the first settlers in Santa Maria do Porto was a man named don Domingo. He lost thirty lambs there. He wandered anxiously over valleys and hills, searching for them.

Meanwhile, his wife, doña Sancha, went to the church and begged the Virgin to protect the sheep from the wolves.

After searching for three days, don Domingo found his sheep huddled together encircled by wolves.

None of them had been killed, because Mary had protected them from the wolves. He was immensely relieved, gathered his flock and led it back to town.

When the people saw the miracle, they gave praise to the Virgin because she caused the wolves to guard the lambs.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E398
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
church (construction of) , sheep, shepherd, wool, flock
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4016
Bibliography
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
Historia del Puerto de Santa María
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito