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CSM Number : 127
Short name: The Young Man who Kicked his Mother Alternative: Young Man kicks his mother
Incipit: Non pod’ ome pela Virgen/ tanta coita endurar
Refrain: Non pod’ ome pela Virgen/ tanta coita endurar/ que pois ela non llo aja/ con ben a galardõar.
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Setting: Puy Protagonist(s): a young man

A young man was bickering with his mother and kicked her. Wounded and weeping she asked the Virgin to avenge the outrage.

The Virgin caused the man to suffer great pain and he went to make his confession. He begged his mother’s forgiveness, and asked her to accompany him on pilgrimage to the Virgin’s church.

She agreed, but when they arrived, the man could not go inside. Although the people tried to drag him in, they could not budge him.

The priests came out of the cathedral and told him to make confession. He explained that he had already done so, and they instructed him to cut off his foot.

The man amputated his foot and immediately entered the church. His mother was very upset, and, prostrating herself in front of the altar, prayed to the Virgin to restore it.

She dreamed that the statue told her to replace her son’s foot, stroking it and invoking Mary’s name. She did as she was told, and the man’s foot was renewed. The people praised the Virgin and the priests said “amen” and rang all the bells.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T127, E127
Poncelet reference
amputation, children, confession (see also repentance), entrance (barred), foot, image (of Virgin Mary), kick, limbs (restored), maiming, pilgrimage, wound
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Las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Filgueira Valverde, José
Itinéraire espagnol du conte médiéval (VIIIs-XVs)
Marsan, Rameline E.
Doing lines: refrains and copyists in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Recordings of Las [sic] Cantigas de Santa Maria Contained in the Facsimile Edition Published by Edilán (Madrid 1979)
Tinnell, Roger D.