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CSM Number : 145
Short name: The Gold Given to John, the Patriarch of Alexandria Alternative: Gold is given to John, Patriarch of Alexandria
Incipit: O que pola Virgen de grado
Refrain: O que pola Virgen de grado seus dões/ der, dar-vo-ll-á  ela grandes galardões.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Alexandria Protagonist(s): John, the Patriarch of Alexandria

John, the Patriarch of Alexandria, was a very generous and pious man. He always gave alms to the poor and unfortunate. A famine, caused by drought and war, struck the region.

John gave away everything except the clothes he was wearing.

He prayed to the Virgin for aid.

On his way to mass one morning, he encountered a handsome, well-dressed youth. The youth conferred with John and gave him a large quantity of gold—-even more than the Emperor Nero had had when he burned Rome.

At mass, John prayed that the source of the gold would be revealed to him. He was told that Christ had given it to him at the Virgin’s request because of his charitable acts.

News of the miracle spread and the people praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11' 11' 11' 11' Refrain: 11' 11'
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T145, E145
Poncelet reference
alms, emperor, famine, gold, mass, Patriarch, poverty
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
Catálogo de los manuscritos catalanes, valencianos, gallegos y portugueses de la Biblioteca de El Escorial
Zarco Cuevas, Julián