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CSM Number : 163
Short name: The Gambler who Renounced the Virgin Alternative: Gambler renounces Virgin (Salas)
Incipit: Pode por Santa Maria/ o mao perde-la fala
Refrain: Pode por Santa Maria/ o mao perde-la fala/ e ar, se se ben repente/ per ela pode cobra-la.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Huesca and Salas Protagonist(s): a gambler

A gambler, playing dice in Huesca, lost everything and renounced the Virgin.

He was instantly crippled and struck dumb.

He could not move from that place, and if he wanted something he had to gesture for it.

Using sign language, he asked to be taken to Salas.

At Salas, he gazed at the Virgin’s statue and asked her pardon.

The Virgin healed him and he praised her from then on.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 5
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T163, E163
Poncelet reference
blasphemy, dice, gambling, image (of Virgin Mary), lame, mute, pilgrimage, repentance (see also confession), sign language, tongue
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 fama del santuario de Salas en lo antiguo
Arco, Ricardo del
’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim