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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|
|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.
|Stanza:||10' 10' 10' 10'||Refrain:||10' 10'|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|T62, E62, To49|
|Apud S. Richarium in Pontico, qui vicus est in pago Ambianensi (112)|
|alms, children, dancing, debt, imprisonment, noblewoman, security (for loan), usurer|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|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|
|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