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CSM Number : 103
Short name: The Monk who Listened to a Bird’s Song for Three Hundred Years Alternative: Monk listens to bird's song for 300 years
Incipit: Quen a Virgen ben servirá 
Refrain: Quena Virgen ben servirá/ a Parayso irá .
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a monk

A monk entered a garden and discovered a beautiful fountain. He sat down beside it and prayed to the Virgin to give him a foretaste of Paradise.

A bird began to sing such a beautiful song that the monk was enchanted.

He stayed in the garden, listening to the bird for three hundred years, although it seemed as if he had only been there for a little while.

When the bird stopped singing, the monk got up to join the others for a meal.

He saw a large gate that he had never seen before and realised that this was not his monastery. He entered the church, but did not find his abbot, prior or fellow friars. Instead others had taken their place.

He told them what had happened and they praised the Virgin for the miracle.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 16 Refrain: 8 7
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T103, E103, To93
Poncelet reference
abbot, birdsong, fountain, garden, heaven, monks, song
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