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Source name: Cornell Mariale
Short title: Milk: Tongue and Lips Restored
Reference numbers: no.12
Rubric/Title in source: De clerico cui Beata Virgo proprio lacte labia et linguam perunxit
Incipit: Fuit in quadam ecclesia clericus quidam decanus homo sanctus et sapiens
Notes: This very popular miracle is found in a number of forms, of which the principle feature is the healing of the diseased lips and tongue of a cleric by the Virgin’s milk. The simplest version (a) is that in the text; sometimes (b) the cleric is so ill that in his frenzy he bites off his lips and tongue; sometimes (c) he is apparently dead and laid out on a bier; sometimes (d) he has a cancer of the lips and sees a vision of flowers symbolizing the Psalms, the Virgin later appears and heals him with her milk, he dies presently a happy death (Adgar). CSM=c version of legend (Crane, 254)
Summary: A cleric devoted to the Virgin falls ill and suffers from a fissure in his lips and tongue. The Virgin anoints them with milk from her breast and restores the cleric to health. (254)