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CSM Number : 124
Short name: The Man who Survived Execution so he could Make his Confession Alternative: Man survives execution so he can make confession
Incipit: O que pola Virgen leixa
Refrain: O que pola Virgen leixa/ o de que gran sabor á/ sempre aqui lle demostra/ o ben que pois lle fará .
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Setting: the Protagonist(s): a man accused of treason

A man went to Jerez and Seville when these cities belonged to the Moors.

He was arrested and accused [of treason] because he had gone there without orders. He was sentenced to stoning.

As he was being stoned, he cried out to the Virgin. He asked her to spare him so that he could make confession.

His accusers could not harm him, although they pelted him with stones, struck him with a javelin and cut his throat.

He called for a priest and one was summoned. He told the priest that he had always served the Virgin and that she had never failed him. Then he died.

Although he had just shaved his beard that day in the town of Alcalá de Guadaira, the dead man’s beard began to grow. Neither bird nor beast would eat him for anything.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T124, E124
Poncelet reference
Annunciation (feast of), beard, confession (see also repentance), fasting, feast day, javelin, Muslims/Moors, priest , stoning, throat (cut), vow
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Handbuch der Musikgeschichte
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Aubry, Pierre
Clásicos españoles de la música
Barreda, E. M.
Contribution à l’étude des Cantigas d’Alphonse le Savant d’apres les codices de l’Escurial
Collet, Henri, and Luis Villalba
La cantiga 124: Un caso de descabezado parlante
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
“Deus Deus! Non me maravillo”: Internal transmission and textual criticism in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Salve: á coro unisonal, inspirada en la Cantiga 124 de Alfonso el Sabio
Pedrell, Felipe
Valor de la música de las Cantigas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
Medieval Song
Westrup, J. A.