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CSM Number : 62
Short name: The Boy whose Mother’s Prayers Freed him from Captivity Alternative: A mother whose son was rescued (Soissons)
Incipit: Santa Maria sempr’ os seus ajuda
Refrain: Santa Maria sempr’ os seus ajuda/ e os acorr’ a gran coita sabuda.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: France Protagonist(s): a destitute woman and her son

A woman, who had spent all her money doing good works, fell into debt and borrowed some money.

Her creditors demanded that she repay the money with interest.

She could not pay them, so she gave them her son as security. He was held hostage.

The woman prayed for his release to the Virgin Mary. The Virgin promised to release him from the usurer.

The woman went on horseback to the town square where a dance was being held.

She saw her son and called to him. They rode away together and no one tried to stop them.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10' 10' 10' 10' Refrain: 10' 10'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T62, E62, To49
Poncelet reference
Apud S. Richarium in Pontico, qui vicus est in pago Ambianensi (112)
alms, children, dancing, debt, imprisonment, noblewoman, security (for loan), usurer
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Miracle Collection
A mother whose son was rescued (Soissons) Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
A mother whose son was rescued (Soissons) Hugo Farsitus
A mother whose son was rescued (Soissons) Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
A mother whose son was rescued (Soissons) Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
A mother whose son was rescued (Soissons) John of Garland
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain
Patton, Pamela A.
De música y métrica gallegas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
Catálogo de los manuscritos catalanes, valencianos, gallegos y portugueses de la Biblioteca de El Escorial
Zarco Cuevas, Julián