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|CSM Number : 79|
|Short name:||Musa, the Girl Taken to Paradise||Alternative:||Musa|
|Incipit:||Ai Santa Maria, | quen se per vos guia|
|Refrain:||Ai Santa Maria | quen se per vos guia/ quit’ é de folia | e sempre faz ben.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||unspecified||Protagonist(s):||a girl named Musa|
A pretty girl named Musa was carefree and merry.
The Virgin appeared to her in a dream with a host of beautiful maidens.
Musa wanted to go with them, but the Virgin chided her. She told her that if she quit behaving so frivolously she could join them in thirty days.
Musa began behaving sedately. When her parents questioned her, she told them about the vision.
Musa was stricken with a fever.
At the appointed time, she died and the Virgin came to fetch her.
|Stanza:||11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’(6) 5’] 5||Refrain:||11 [5’ 5’] 11 [5’ 5]|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AB | cccb||Zejel:|
|T79, E79, To42|
|Beata virgo Maria cuidam puellae apparuit cum chorea (137)|
|apparition, children, death (foretold), dream, fever, frivolity, illness, Saints (other), vision|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
|Musa||BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
|Musa||William of Malmesbury
(London, BL, Egerton 612)
|Musa||BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
|Musa||Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
|Musa||Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
(Cornell, MS B.14)
|Musa||Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
|The Oxford Book of Portuguese Verse|
Bell, Aubrey F. G.
|Contributo allo studio della letteratura miracolistica|
Bertolucci Pizzorusso, Valeria
|Alonso X and the Birth of Spanish Literature|
Blake, Mary E.
|Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]|
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
|A Preliminary Bibliography of Medieval Galician-Portuguese Poetry in English Translation|
Longland, Jean R.
|Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology|
|Antologia da poesia portuguesa, vol. I: séculos XII-XVI|
Pinheiro Torres, Alexandre
|Cantiga de Santa Maria|
Thornton, Seth G.
|A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain|
Tinnell, Roger D.