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CSM Number : 236
Short name: The Shipwrecked Woman who was Brought to Shore Alternative: Shipwrecked woman led to shore
Incipit: A Santa Madre daquele/ que a pe sobelo mar
Refrain: A Santa Madre daquele/ que a pe sobelo mar/ andou, guaannar del pode/ por fazer y outr’ andar.
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Setting: unspecified; mention of Marseilles Protagonist(s): a woman

A woman from Marseilles was travelling in a ship owned by a pirate named Pero Bonifaz.

The ship struck a rock and broke apart.

Everyone on board perished immediately, except for one woman who, nevertheless, sank to the bottom of the sea.

Holding her little boy in her arms, the woman prayed to the Virgin to protect her.

The Virgin appeared to her and comforted her. Taking her by the hand, she led her across the water, as if leading her across level ground. She came to the port of Marseilles.

The woman told the people what had happened to her and they gave her gifts and praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F64f, E236
Poncelet reference
apparition, children, galley, shipwreck, water (walking on/under)
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Inside the virelai: a survey of musical structures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Campbell, Alison