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CSM Number : 189
Short name: The Pilgrim Healed of Dragon’s Bane Alternative: Pilgrim healed of dragon's bane (Salas)
Incipit: Ben pode Santa Maria guarir de toda poçon
Refrain: Ben pode Santa Maria guarir de toda poçon/ pois madr’ é do que trillou o basilisc’ e o dragon.
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Setting: Salas and Valencia Protagonist(s): a pilgrim

A man from Valencia was travelling alone on pilgrimage to Salas.

In a forest, he was overcome by darkness and he lost his way.

He saw a strange beast, in the shape of a dragon, coming towards him. He did not run away for fear that the beast would overtake him.

He prayed to the Virgin and struck it with his sword. He cut the beast in half, splitting its heart in two. However, poison spurted out of the creature and struck the pilgrim in the face. He was also assailed by the beast’s breath.

In a few days, he was like a leper. Staff in hand, he journeyed on to Salas.

When he arrived there he wept in front of the altar and was cured instantly.

Metrical data
Stanza: 23' 23' 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 5
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbaa Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T189, E189
Poncelet reference
bane (dragon's), dragon, heart, leprosy, pilgrimage, poison, staff (of pilgrim), sword
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Handbuch der Musikgeschichte
Adler, Guido
Handbuch der Musikgeschichte
Adler, Guido
Santa María de Salas en el Siglo XIII. Estudio sobre algunas Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Aguado Bleye, Pedro
Cantigas de Santa Maria do rei don Alfonso
Alfonso X , o Sábio
Contribution à l’étude des Cantigas d’Alphonse le Savant d’apres les codices de l’Escurial
Collet, Henri, and Luis Villalba
Viajeros y Peregrinos en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Manzi, Ofelia, & Francisco Corti
Cantigues d’Anfós el Savi
Pedrell, Felipe
The Rare Case of a Dragon in Medieval Spanish Literature
Scarborough, Connie, L.