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CSM Number : 174
Short name: The Knight who Cut out his Tongue Alternative: Knight cuts out tongue
Incipit: Como aa Virgen pesa/ de quen erra a ciente
Refrain: Como aa Virgen pesa/ de quen erra a ciente/ outrossi ar praz-lle muito/ de quen s’ ende ben repente.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a knight

A knight was devoted to the Virgin and loved her dearly.

One day, he lost a game of dice and began to curse God and the Virgin.

After he had said these things, he regretted them deeply. Weeping, he cut off his tongue with a knife.

He went to his lodgings and lay in bed in great pain. He prayed to the Virgin to forgive him.

He fell asleep and the Virgin appeared to him. She promised to heal him because he trusted in her and had shown remorse.

She put his hand in his mouth and healed his tongue. He was so well that he never again suffered pain in his mouth, tongue or teeth.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T174, E174
Poncelet reference
amputation, apparition, blasphemy, dice, gambling, knight, pardon, repentance (see also confession), tongue, wound
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Marsan, Rameline E.
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Valor de la música de las Cantigas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim