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CSM Number : 137
Short name: The Lustful Knight who was Made Impotent Alternative: Lustful knight is made impotent
Incipit: Sempr’ acha Santa Maria razon verdadeira
Refrain: Sempr’ acha Santa Maria razon verdadeira/ per que tira os que ama de maa carreira.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a knight

A knight was overcome with lust.

No matter how much he tried, he could not resist temptation.

The devil constantly tempted the knight, causing him to sin.

The knight prayed to the Virgin to free him from lust.

The Virgin realised that the knight’s soul was in danger, and decided to cure him of the vice. She made him impotent.

Even when the knight wanted to sin, he could never gratify himself.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13' 13' 13' 13' Refrain: 13' 13'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T137, E137
Poncelet reference
chastity, impotence, knight, lust
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
The Early Seguidilla
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
Lujuria,tentación e impotencia: Desde San Hugo de Avalón a las 'Cantigas de Santa Maria'
Lappin, Anthony
The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives 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
The Virgin’s Cures for Lust
Powell Jayne, Cnynthia