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CSM Number : 72
Short name: The Blasphemer who was Struck Dead Alternative: Iurans per B.V. membra (manus, linguam, cet.) moritur
Incipit: Quen diz mal da reĩa espirital
Refrain: Quen diz mal da reĩa espirital/ log’ é tal que merec’ o fog’ infernal.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a gambler

A man was drinking and gambling in a tavern.

When he lost at dice, he started cursing God and he mocked the Virgin’s body.

When he cursed the Virgin’s womb, God struck him dead.

The gambler’s father heard the news. He encountered a dead man who told him that his son had died in mortal sin--not because he had cursed Christ, but because he had insulted the Virgin.

The dead man told him that he would find his son’s body slit from top to bottom with his heart split in two.

The father found his son exactly as described.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 7 12 [7 5] Refrain: 11 [3 8] 11 [3 8]
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bba Zejel:
MS locations:
T72, E72, ToAppendix 13
Poncelet reference
Accidit apud Cluniacum nuper, anno scilicet Dñi MCCXLVI (9)
Keywords
blasphemy, cursing, devils, gambling, ghost, heart
Discography
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Miracle Collection
BITAGAP ID
3789
Bibliography
Cantigas de Santa Maria — El Cantar de los cantares — Sonetos — Coplas que hizo por la muerte de su padre D. Rodrigo
Alfonso X el Sabio and others
Dos preconceitos de Afonso X, o Sábio
Bagby Jr., Alberto I.
’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
As festas do tempo nos cancioneiros galego-portugueses, lección inaugural do Curso Académico do ano 1978
Filgueira Valverde, José
La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio
González, Jr., Juan
A sátira na literatura medieval portuguesa (séculos XIII e XIV)
Martins, Mário
Questões de estructura estrófica nas Cantigas de Santa Maria: estructuras múltiplas, assimetrias e continuações inconsistentes
Parkinson, Stephen
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
La composición de las Cantigas de Santa Maria: una estrategia métrico-melódica, una estrategia poética
Rossell, Antoni
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan
’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim