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CSM Number : 228
Short name: The Mule that Suffered from Gout Alternative: Gouty mule is healed (Terena)
Incipit: Tant’ é grand’ a sa mercee
Refrain: Tant’ é grand’ a sa mercee/ da Virgen e sa bondade/ que sequer nas beschas mudas/ demostra sa piadade.
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Setting: Terena Protagonist(s): a gouty mule

A mule suffered so badly from gout that its legs were twisted.

The owner, feeling sorry for the crippled beast, ordered one of his servants to kill it to put it out of its misery.

As the boy was finishing his lunch, the mule got up and plodded slowly towards the church. As soon as it approached, the Virgin healed it.

The boy, who had been ordered to kill and skin the mule, followed its tracks, which led to the church. There he discovered the beast transformed. He called the people to come and see the mule who had been changed from a crippled creature into a healthy one.

The people examined the mule carefully, to ensure that it was the same one. To remove all doubt from their minds, the Virgin caused the mule to circle her church three times and then kneel humbly in front of the altar.

After doing this, the mule returned to his master’s house and the people 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:
F88, E228
Poncelet reference
gout, lame, legs (injured or swollen), mule
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