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CSM Number : 6
Short name: The Murdered Chorister Alternative: Chorister Killed by Jews
Incipit: A que do bon rei Davi de seu linnage decende
Refrain: A que do bon rei Davi de seu linnage decende/ nenbra lle, creed’ a mi, de quen por ela mal prende.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Britain Protagonist(s): a widow’s son

A widow had a son whom she dedicated to the Virgin. He sang very well, especially the song Gaude Virgo Maria.

The boy’s busking attracted attention and people rewarded him with food so that he could provide for himself and his mother.

On a feast day, the boy’s singing incensed a Jewish man. The Jew abducted him, killed him with an axe, and buried him in his wine cellar.

His mother went looking for the boy and was told that he had gone off with the Jewish man.

She ran to the house, accompanied by a crowd of people, and heard the boy singing the song, Gaude Maria, even though he was still buried in the cellar.

They rescued him and he explained that the Virgin had revived him. The people killed all the Jews and threw the boy’s murderer into a fire.

Metrical data
Stanza: 14’ [7’ 6’] 14’ [7’ 6’] 15’ [7’ 7’/8 6’] 14’ [7’ 6’/7 7’] Refrain: 14’ [7 7’] 14’ [7 7’]
No. of Stanzas: 17
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T6, E6, To5
Poncelet reference
Dum quidam puer scholaris, sicut Fratrum Praedicatorum (382)
Keywords
burning, children, execution, gambling, Gaude Virgo Maria (singing of), Jews, massacre, murder, resurrection, song, widow, wine cellar
Discography
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Miracle Collection
Chorister Killed by Jews John of Garland
Chorister Killed by Jews Gautier de Coinci
Chorister Killed by Jews Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Chorister Killed by Jews Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
Chorister Killed by Jews Johannes Herolt
BITAGAP ID
3723
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