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CSM Number : 126
Short name: The Soldier who was Struck in the Face by an Arrow Alternative: Arrow is stuck in soldier's face (Elche)
Incipit: De toda chaga ben pode guarir
Refrain: De toda chaga ben pode guarir/ e de door a Virgen sen falir.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Elche Protagonist(s): a wounded man

A man in Elche was shot in the face by an arrow.

The arrow was lodged firmly in his face and could not be extracted with pincers.

A crossbow was set up to extract it, but with no success.

The man, in extreme pain, had himself brought before the Virgin’s altar.

Weeping, he repented and confessed his sins.

The Virgin extracted the iron projectile from the man’s face. He suffered no pain. Many people witnessed the miracle and praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T126, E126
Poncelet reference
arrow, confession (see also repentance), crossbow, face, repentance (see also confession), warfare, wound
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
The Cantigas, or ’Songs of Praise of St. Mary’
Burns, Robert I.
The Cantigas de Santa María as a Research Opportunity in History
Burns, Robert I., SJ.
La miniatura gótica española
Camón Aznar, José
¿Cuáles son los orígenes musicales de las Cantigas?
García Moreno, María Teresa
Resumen de ’¿Cuáles son los orígenes musicales de las Cantigas?’
García Moreno, María Teresa
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
Imágenes insólitas en la miniaturas de las Cantigas Alfonsíes
Keller, John Esten and Annette Grant Cash
Seeing is Believing: The Miniatures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Medieval Devotional Practices
Kennedy, Kirstin
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
La cultura murciana en el reinado de Alfonso X
Torres Fontes, Juan