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CSM Number : 138
Short name: John Chrysostom’s Vision Alternative: John Chrysostom
Incipit: Quen a Santa Maria de coraçon/ rogar
Refrain: Quen a Santa Maria de coraçon/ rogar, oir-ll-á  ela sa oraçon.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): John the Golden Mouthed [John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople, 398-404]

John the Golden Mouthed told of the Virgin’s deeds and proclaimed her Mother of God.

As punishment, the heathens gouged out his eyes and sent him into exile. They did not allow him to take a servant, but simply a little bread and a staff.

John lost his way, strayed from the road, and fell into a patch of briars. When he was rolling in the thorns, he prayed to the Virgin to rescue him.

The Virgin came and led him away from that place. She promised John that if he wished, he would recover his sight and his honour. He asked her instead to reveal to him the thing that Christ loved most when he was in the world.

The Virgin went away, but the next night, John had a vision. He saw the Virgin holding the infant Christ. Christ had his hands on her breasts and was drinking from them. The Virgin explained to John that her breasts had pleased Christ most of all.

Afterwards, John recovered his sight and all of his possessions. When he died he went to heaven.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T138, E138
Poncelet reference
apparition, blindness, breast, eye(s), exile , heathen, milk (of Virgin Mary), maiming, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Simeon, vision
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Viajeros y Peregrinos en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Manzi, Ofelia, & Francisco Corti
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
Milagres Medievais numa colectânea mariana alcobacense. Edição crítica, tradução e estudo
Nascimento, Aries Augusto, ed.
Fonti e contesti dei miracoli eucaristici delle Cantigas de Santa María 128 e 208
Negri, Manuel