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CSM Number : 104
Short name: The Bleeding Host
Incipit: Nunca ja pod’ aa Virgen | ome tal pesar fazer
Refrain: Nunca ja pod’ aa Virgen | ome tal pesar fazer/ como quen ao seu fillo | Deus coida escarnecer.
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Setting: Galicia, and Caldas de Reyes (Pontevedra) Protagonist(s): a squire

A squire had a concubine who was very jealous of his wife. The concubine asked her neighbours for advice on how she could have the squire to herself.

The neighbours advised her to go to mass and steal a consecrated host to use as a love charm.

The concubine took communion, but did not swallow the wafer offered to her by the priest. When she left the church, she removed the wafer from her mouth and hid it in her headdress.

When she entered the town of Caldas de Reyes where she lived, blood began to run from her headdress. The people, seeing the blood, asked her who had wounded her.

She reached up and felt the blood and told them that God was punishing her. When she told them how the miracle had occurred, they praised God.

The woman returned to the church and confessed her sin, prostrating herself before a statue of the Virgin. Then she joined a convent.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] Refrain: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T104, E104, To96
Poncelet reference
blood, Eucharist, headdress, host, love charm, lovesickness, mistress
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Afonso X e as Cantigas de Santa Maria localizadas en Galicia
Negri, Manuel
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
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Putting the Cantigas in Context: tracing the sources of Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa Maria
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Historia de la literatura gallega.
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