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|CSM Number : 58|
|Short name:||The Nun who was Shown the Mouth of Hell||Alternative:||Mouth of Hell Shown to Nun|
|Incipit:||De muitas guisas nos guarda de mal|
|Refrain:||De muitas guisas nos guarda de mal/ Santa Maria, tan muit’ é leal|
|Summary of narrative|
A nun was very devoted to the Virgin. Nevertheless, the devil tempted her to fall in love with a knight. The nun decided to run away with him.
After agreeing to elope with the knight, the nun fell asleep and had a vision.
The devil led her to a chasm and tried to throw her in. She saw throngs of people being tormented in hell.
The nun prayed to the Virgin to deliver her. Mary appeared and scolded her, telling her to call instead on the knight.
The devil pulled the nun into the pit, but the Virgin rescued her.
When she awoke, the nun resolved stay at the convent for her entire life and told the knight to go away.
|Stanza:||10 10 10 10||Refrain:||10 10|
|No. of Stanzas:||15|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|T58, E58, To73|
|Fuit quaedam monialis pulchra et levis corde, quae propulsata (607)|
|apparition, convent, devils, elope, hell, knight, nun, vision|
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|Nun Tempted to Elope [sees pit of serpents]||BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
|Mouth of Hell Shown to Nun||John of Garland
|Mouth of Hell Shown to Nun||Gautier de Coinci
|Nun Tempted to Elope [sees pit of serpents]||Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
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