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CSM Number : 172
Short name: The Merchant Bound for Acre who Survived a Storm Alternative: Merchants bound for Acre survive storm (Salas)
Incipit: A Madre de Jesu-Cristo/ que ceos, terras e mares/ fez
Refrain: A Madre de Jesu-Cristo/ que ceos, terras e mares/ fez, poder á d’ as tormentas/ toller en todos logares.
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Setting: on the way to Acre; also Salas and Puy Protagonist(s): a merchant

A merchant, bound for Acre, loaded his ship with merchandise.

The ship was battered by a storm; the mast was broken and the sails were torn.

The merchant vowed to make a pilgrimage to Salas if he were to arrive safely in port. He promised to make a beautiful offering.

The Virgin calmed the storm and the mariners repaired the mast and commended themselves to Holy Mary of Salas. The wind blew so favourably that they arrived in Acre the next morning.

They sold their merchandise and then returned to their land. Then they went on pilgrimage to Puy and to Salas.

At Salas, the merchant gave a crystal cross to the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T172, E172
Poncelet reference
cross, mast, merchant, minstrel, pilgrimage, shipwreck, storm, vow, crystal
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
Un cantar que cantassen os jograres (CSM 172, 33): Las formas de la ’performance’ en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Disalvo, Santiago and Germán Rossi
Los poetas del Guadiana a Alfonso el Sabio
Gonzalez Lara, José, director de publicación
Alfonso X el Sabio, un rey ’cantigueiro’
Llorens Cistero, José María
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X el Sabio, rey de Castilla
López Serrano, Matilde
Poesía juglaresca y juglares: aspectos de la historia literaria y cultural de España
Menéndez Pidal, Ramón