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CSM Number : 146
Short name: The Man whose Eyes and Hands were Restored Alternative: Man's eyes and hands are restored
Incipit: Quen comendar de coraçon
Refrain: Quen comendar de coraçon/ a Santa Maria o seu/ macar mal prenda, creo eu/ que llo pode dar sen lijon.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Briançon and Albesa Protagonist(s): a young man and his mother

A woman and her son were devoted to the Virgin. The son looked after his mother’s estate and managed her affairs wisely. She commended him to the Virgin and asked her to protect him from harm.

The son decided to go on pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin at Albesa, but his mother forbade him to make the journey. She warned him that if he went there, his enemies would kill him.

The son set off regardless, and was captured by his enemies. They gouged out his eyes and cut off his hands. Then they fled.

The injured man begged another pilgrim to take him to Albesa. He insisted that the Virgin would heal him.

His mother, hearing the news, was hysterical with grief. She went straight to Albesa and prayed to the Virgin to heal her maimed son.

The Virgin answered her prayer. She gave the son eyes like a partridge's and made a new pair of hands grow from his wrists.

Metrical data
Stanza: 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Refrain: 8 8 8 8
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: ABBA | cdcdcdca Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Trec146, T146, E146
Poncelet reference
amputation, blindness, children, enemy (confrontation with), eye(s), limbs (restored), partridge, pilgrimage, Saint Denis
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