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|CSM Number : 82|
|Short name:||The Demon Swine||Alternative:||Demon-Swine|
|Incipit:||A Santa Maria mui bon servir faz|
|Refrain:||A Santa Maria mui bon servir faz/ pois o poder ela do demo desfaz.|
|Summary of narrative|
A good monk of Canterbury lay in his bed. He saw devils, in the form of pigs, approaching him.
Terrified, he bid them to flee.
Then he saw a black man who told the pigs to gather round and disturb his sleep. The pigs agreed to do so, but said that they could not harm the monk because of his saintliness.
The devil bragged that he could harm the monk with his pitchforks, even though the latter was “wearing a frock.”
The friar, hearing this, called on the Virgin who came to his aid. She rebuked the devil’s gang, shaking a stick at them and ordering them to return to hell with their evil king.
The demons vanished like smoke. The Virgin comforted the friar, telling him that she was pleased with his conduct and advising him to follow all the rules of his Order.
|Stanza:||11 11 11 11||Refrain:||11 11|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|T82, E82, ToAppendix 05|
|Cuidam fratri Cartusiensi in cella sua nocte iacenti, sed adhuc (243)|
|apparition, devils, invincibility , monks, swine|
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|Demon-Swine||Vincent de Beauvais
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
|Demon-Swine||Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
|Demon-Swine||BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
(Cornell, MS B.14)
|The Oxford Book of Portuguese Verse|
Bell, Aubrey F. G.
|Collection, Composition, and Compilation in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
Parkinson, Stephen, & Deirdre Jackson
|Antologia da poesia portuguesa, vol. I: séculos XII-XVI|
Pinheiro Torres, Alexandre
|Os afazeres do demónio nas Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X|
Rodrigues, Maria Idalina Resina