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CSM Number : 218
Short name: The German Merchant who was Healed Alternative: German merchant is healed
Incipit: Razon an de seeren/ seus miragres contados
Refrain: Razon an de seeren/ seus miragres contados/ da Sennor que ampara/ aos desamparados.
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Setting: Germany; Vilasirga Protagonist(s): a merchant

In Germany there was a rich merchant who suffered from an illness that left him paralysed.

He grew poor and was oppressed by worry.

He noticed that some of his countrymen were making a pilgrimage to Santiago and he asked to go along. They took pity on him and agreed to carry him there.

The journey was difficult, and when they arrived in Santiago, the man was not healed because of his sins. The pilgrims returned via Carrión, and discovered that he had become blind. They decided to take him to Vilasirga and leave him at the Virgin’s church. They were afraid that he would die if they tried to carry him any further.

They abandoned him at Vilasirga, and he wept and called on the Virgin.

She healed him completely and he returned to his land. He lived a virtuous life and reported the miracle. He gave the Virgin of Vilasirga generous gifts.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13' 13' 13' 13' Refrain: 13' 13'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F71, E218
Poncelet reference
Clara stirpe natus, sed corpore languidus aegro, Theutonica (176)
abandonment, blindness, lame, merchant, offerings, paralysis, pilgrimage, poverty, Saint James
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Miracle Collection
A Foreign Cripple Cured in England Pez
A Foreign Cripple Cured in England Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
A Foreign Cripple Cured in England Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Imagen e intención. La representación de Santiago Apóstol en los manuscritos de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Fernández Fernández, Laura
Fuentes germánicas en las ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’ de Alfonso X el Sabio
Ferreiro Alemparte, Jaime
Afonso X contra Compostela
Filgueira Valverde, José
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
King Alfonso’s Virgin of Villa-Sirga, Rival of St. James of Compostela
Keller, John Esten
More on the Rivalry Between Santa María and Santiago de Compostela
Keller, John Esten
Afonso X e as Cantigas de Santa Maria localizadas en Galicia
Negri, Manuel
Romaria e peregrinações ao santuário de Santa Maria de Vila Sirga, nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Sousa, Luiz Carlos de