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CSM Number : 161
Short name: The Vineyard that was Protected from Hail Alternative: Vineyard is protected from hail (Salas)
Incipit: Poder á Santa Maria/ a Sennor de piadade
Refrain: Poder á Santa Maria/ a Sennor de piadade/ de defender toda terra/ de mal e de tempestade.
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Setting: Morella, Aragón Protagonist(s): the owner of a vineyard

A man from Morella made frequent pilgrimages to the shrine of the Virgin at Salas.

He always carried with him an image of the Virgin so that he would be protected from harm.

The man’s sole asset was a vineyard, which he tended with his wife’s help.

One day in August, a storm rose up and the man prayed to the Virgin to spare his vineyard. While he was praying, he placed the Virgin’s image in the middle of the vines.

Hail struck the neighbouring vineyards, but his was not damaged. Even the tendrils of the vines that ran from his property into the surrounding ones were left unscathed.

The Virgin heeded the prayers of the man who made many pilgrimages to her shrine in Salas.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T161, E161
Poncelet reference
hail, image (of Virgin Mary), pilgrimage, storm, vineyards
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Santa María de Salas en el Siglo XIII. Estudio sobre algunas Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Aguado Bleye, Pedro
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Poética y realidad en el cancionero peninsular de la Edad Media
Asensio, Eugenio
Saint and Simulacra: Images of the Virgin in the Cantigas de Santa María of Alfonso X of Castile (1252-1284)
Jackson, Deirdre Elizabeth