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CSM Number : 226
Short name: The Buried Monastery Alternative: The buried monastery (England)
Incipit: Assi pod’ a Virgen so terra guardar
Refrain: Assi pod’ a Virgen so terra guardar/ o seu, com’ encima dela ou no mar.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Great Britain Protagonist(s): some monks

In Great Britain there was a monastery full of monks devoted to the Virgin.

Once, at Easter, while the mass was being said, the ground opened up and swallowed the monastery. No trace of it could be seen above ground.

Nevertheless, the Virgin protected all the buildings and the entire estate, including the vineyards, orchards and mills.

Moreover, she provided for the monk’s needs and did not allow any to fall ill or go mad. Even though they were underground, they saw the sun as usual.

After a year had passed, the monks gathered once again for the Easter mass. On the day that God had risen, the Virgin caused the monastery to rise up out of the ground.

The monks told the people who went there what the Virgin had done, and everyone praised her.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F13, E226
Poncelet reference
Easter, mass, mill, monastery, monastery (disappearance of), orchards, sun (setting underground), vineyards
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