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CSM Number : 183
Short name: The Moors of Faro who Threw a Statue of the Virgin into the Sea Alternative: Moors punished for throwing statue into sea
Incipit: Pesar á Santa Maria
Refrain: Pesar á Santa Maria | de quen por desonra faz/ dela mal a sa omagen | e caomia llo assaz.
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Setting: Faro, in the Kingdom of the Algarve Protagonist(s): some Moors of Faro

In Faro, there was a statue of the Virgin. It had stood on the seashore since the time of the Christians, and captives prayed to it. Christians called the city “Holy Mary of Faro” because of the statue.

The Moors resented this and threw the statue into the sea.

As long as the statue lay in the water, the Moors could not catch any fish.

When they realised this, the Moors recovered the statue.

They placed it on the wall between the merlons.

Afterwards, the Moors caught even more fish than they had before.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] Refrain: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T183, E183
Poncelet reference
fish, fishing, iconoclasts, image (of Virgin Mary), Muslims/Moors
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La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
’Textos de persecución’: formación ideológica y hegemonía en la literatura castellana de los siglos XII-XV
Bollo Panadero, María Dolores
Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
La ciudad mozárabe de Santa María de Faro y el milagro de la Cantiga CLXXXIII en fuentes anteriores al Rey Sabio
Ferreiro Alemparte, Jaime
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Filgueira Valverde, José
Shields of faith: apotropaic images of the Virgin in Alfonso X\'s Cantigas de Santa María
Jackson, Deirdre Elizabeth
A 183a das Cantigas de Santa Maria do Rei Sábio
Lopes, Francisco Fernandes
Afonso X, o Sábio, poeta e tradutor
Machado, José Pedro
Cantigas de Alfonso X, el Sabio
Moreno Galván, José M.
Alfonso X, miracle collector
Parkinson, Stephen
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Não será a Santa Maria de Faro?
Pinheiro e Rosa, José
Recordings of Las [sic] Cantigas de Santa Maria Contained in the Facsimile Edition Published by Edilán (Madrid 1979)
Tinnell, Roger D.