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CSM Number : 178
Short name: The Mule that was Revived Alternative: Mule is revived (Salas)
Incipit: A que faz o ome morto/ resurgir
Refrain: A que faz o ome morto/ resurgir sen nulla falla/ ben pode fazer que viva/ outra morta animalla.
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Setting: unspecified [the rubric states that the boy was from Alcarraz] Protagonist(s): a mule and a farmer’s son

A farmer gave his son a mule as a pet. The boy was pleased with the mule and looked after it carefully.

One night the mule died.

The farmer, who did not want his son to find out, took him to the field where he was working. The mother ordered a servant to skin the mule.

The farmer and his son returned, and the boy saw the mule being skinned. The boy told them to leave the mule alone and said that he had vowed it to Holy Mary of Salas, who would be sure to come to his aid.

The hind legs of the mule had already been skinned, and the mother rebuked the boy for being silly. He paid no heed, however, and used his belt to measure the beast. Then he made a candle of the same length as the dead mule.

When the candle had been presented, the mule sprang to life and the boy gave it some food. Everyone praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T178, E178
Poncelet reference
barley, belt , candle, children, ex-voto, farmer, measuring, mule, resurrection, servant
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La poesía de las Cantigas
Márquez Villanueva, Francisco
Un antiguo Platero
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Cantiga 178. Un antiguo Platero
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Un antiguo Platero
Montoya Martínez, Jesús