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CSM Number : 156
Short name: The Priest whose Tongue was Cut Out Alternative: Priest's tongue is restored at Cluny
Incipit: A Madre do que de terra/ primeir’ ome foi fazer
Refrain: A Madre do que de terra/ primeir’ ome foi fazer/ ben pod’ a lingua tallada/ fazer que possa crecer.
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Setting: Cluny [Benedictine monastery in Burgundy] Protagonist(s): a priest

A priest always sang the Virgin’s praises.

Heretics seized him and cut out his tongue so that he could no longer compose songs of praise for her.

He was very sad that he could not sing, especially when he heard songs he had sung joyfully before.

One day he came to Cluny and heard the vespers of the Virgin being sung. He longed to join the monks and tried to sing.

The Virgin caused his tongue to grow back again.

Many people witnessed the miracle and the priest joined the monks of Cluny.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7' 7 7' 7 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bcbcaa Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T156, E156
Poncelet reference
amputation, Benedictines, heretic, monks, priest , song, tongue, vespers
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Ferreira Alemparte, Jaime
Fuentes germánicas en las ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’ de Alfonso X el Sabio
Ferreiro Alemparte, Jaime
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel