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CSM Number : 134
Short name: The Outbreak of St Martial’s Fire in Paris Alternative: Mal Des Ardents in Paris
Incipit: A Virgen en que é toda santidade
Refrain: A Virgen en que é toda santidade/ poder á de toller tod’ enfermidade.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Paris Protagonist(s): people suffering from St Martial’s fire

A great crowd of people in Paris were suffering from St Martial’s fire. They had themselves carried in front of the altar of the Virgin and prayed to her.

While they were praying, the Virgin Mary came down through the window on a ray of light.

She began to walk amongst the sick, making the sign of the cross and saying, “Be healed….”

The people inside were healed at once, and their hands and feet were free of pain. But people waiting outside still suffered.

The leg of one of the men had been so inflamed that he had cut it off and thrown it in the river. His other leg also “burned more fiercely than a lantern.”

The Virgin healed him and he asked her to restore his missing limb. She made his leg whole again.

Metrical data
Stanza: 6 5' 6 5' 11' 11' Refrain: 11' 11'
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bcbcaa Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T134, E134
Poncelet reference
amputation, apparition, illness, legs (injured or swollen), light (celestial), limbs (restored), pilgrimage, Saint Martial’s fire
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
The Early Seguidilla
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
El planto en la historia y en la literatura gallega
Filgueira Valverde, José
La Poésie lyrique espagnole et portugaise à la fin du Moyen Âge
Le Gentil, Pierre
Tres cantigas del rey
Orbón, Julián
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier