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CSM Number : 199
Short name: The Man who Swallowed a Needle Alternative: Furrier swallows needle (Terena)
Incipit: Com’ é o mund’ avondado/ de maes e d’ ocajões
Refrain: Com’ é o mund’ avondado/ de maes e d’ ocajões/ assi é Santa Maria/ de graças e de perdões.
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Setting: the castle of Burgillos del Cerro on the border of Jerez de los Caballeros Protagonist(s): a furrier

There was a furrier who lived and worked in the castle of Burgillos del Cerro on the border of Jerez de los Caballeros. He never observed the Virgin’s feast days.

On her feast day in March (Annunciation), when he was sewing the pelts, he placed his needle in his mouth. He swallowed it accidentally and it lodged in his throat.

He could neither remove it nor swallow it, and his throat swelled up and his face grew black.

He had himself taken to Terena and vowed to make an offering to the Virgin.

He was placed before the altar and he fell asleep, weeping and moaning.

While he lay sleeping, the Virgin caused him to cough up the needle. It came out of his throat wrapped in a bit of flesh. 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:
Poncelet reference
Annunciation (feast of), castle, feast day, furrier, needle, pilgrimage, sewing, swelling, throat, vow
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
As Cantigas de Santa Maria de Terena. Milagres Portugueses Medievais,
Lima, Mariana Ramos de
Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário
Os Riba de Vizela, Senhores de Terena (1259-1312)
Rei, António