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CSM Number : 203
Short name: The Woman whose Meal was Replenished Alternative: Meal bins filled
Incipit: Quen polo amor de Santa Maria
Refrain: Quen polo amor de Santa / Maria do seu fezer/ algun ben, dar-vo-ll-á  ela/ que dé se o non tever.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a generous woman

There was a woman who served God and the saints and performed many charitable acts.

If the poor asked her for alms in Mary’s name, she always gave them something.

One day a crowd of unfortunate beggars came to her house and she gave them a large bin of meal and they asked the Virgin to bless her.

A little later, another group of poor people arrived. She told her daughter to fetch them some meal, but the girl told her that the bin was empty.

She sent her daughter to check, and the girl found it filled to the brim.

She gave the poor all that they required.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 5
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
alms, beggars, meal
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira