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CSM Number : 147
Short name: The Talking Sheep
Incipit: A madre do que a bestia de Balaam falar fez
Refrain: A madre do que a bestia de Balaam falar fez/ ar fez pois ũa ovella ela falar ũa vez.
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Setting: unspecified (mention of Rocamadour) Protagonist(s): a poor old woman

A poor old woman, devoted to the Virgin, bought a sheep.

She entrusted it to a shepherd for safekeeping.

At shearing time she went to collect the wool, but the shepherd, who had hidden the sheep, told her that a wolf had eaten it.

The woman realised he was lying and asked the Virgin to restore her sheep.

The sheep cried out: “Here I am.”

The woman sheared it and took the fleece to Rocamadour.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7’ 7 7’ 7 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] Refrain: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]
No. of Stanzas: 5
Rhyme scheme: AA | bcbcca Zejel:
MS locations:
T147, E147
Poncelet reference
Balaam, false accusation, pilgrimage, poverty, sheep, shepherd, wool
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Miracle Collection
Talking sheep (Rocamadour) Ripoll
(Rivipullensis 193)
Doctrina teológica y leyendas pías en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X, el Sabio
Alcalá, Ángel
Cantigas de Santa Maria do rei don Alfonso
Alfonso X , o Sábio
Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
The Oxford Book of Portuguese Verse
Bell, Aubrey F. G.
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Filgueira Valverde, José
Les Miracles de Notre Dame de Roc Amadour au XIIe siècle. Texte et traduction d’aprés les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Nationale
Fournier d’Albe, Edmond
Paralelismo discursivo de los delitos de hurto y robo en las Siete Partidas y Las Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Igkesias, Yolanda, and David Navarro
Itinéraire espagnol du conte médiéval (VIIIs-XVs)
Marsan, Rameline E.
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Antologia da poesia portuguesa, vol. I: séculos XII-XVI
Pinheiro Torres, Alexandre
Recordings of Las [sic] Cantigas de Santa Maria Contained in the Facsimile Edition Published by Edilán (Madrid 1979)
Tinnell, Roger D.