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CSM Number : 113
Short name: The Falling Rock of Montserrat Alternative: The falling rock (Montserrat)
Incipit: Por razon tenno d’ obeder
Refrain: Por razon tenno d’ obeder/ as pedras aa Madre do Rei/ que quando morreu por nos sei/ que por en se foron fender.
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Setting: Montserrat Protagonist(s): the monks of Montserrat

A stone broke loose at Montserrat and fell down the mountain.

It threatened to crush the church dedicated to the Virgin.

God deflected the stone and made it roll down gently to the ground.

The monks, hearing the noise while attending mass, prayed that their lives would be spared.

They went outside and saw the boulder that had been diverted.

They praised God and the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 16 [7’ 8] 16 [7’ 8] 8 8 Refrain: 8 8 8 8
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: ABBA | ccaa Zejel:
MS locations:
T113, E113
Poncelet reference
church (protection of), mass, monastery, monks, rock (falling)
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Les cantigues Montserratines del rei Alfonso el Savi i la seva importància musical
Anglés, Higinio
Les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi i el primitiu Liber Miraculorum de Nostra Dona de Montserrat
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
Recensão: Sunyol (1922). ’Cantigues de Montserrat....’
Bohigas Balaguer, Pere
Composición, estilo y texto en la miniatura del Códice Rico de las CSM,
Chico Picaza, Maria Victoria
O sagrado e o profano na voz do poeta medieval: uma leitura das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Coutinho, Ana Maria
Montserrat in the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X, el Sabio
Keller, John Esten
The Evolution of Cantiga 113: Composition, Recomposition, and Emendation in The Cantigas De Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Text-music mismatches in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Collection, Composition, and Compilation in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen, & Deirdre Jackson
Novel Iconographic Devices in the Cantigas de Santa María: Cantiga 113
Scarborough, Connie, L.
Cantigues de Montserrat del rei Anfós X, dit ’el savi’
Sunyol, Gregori Maria
Les Cantigues de Montserrat d'Alfons el Savi
Ventura, Joaquim