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CSM Number : 241
Short name: The Bridegroom who Fell to his Death Alternative: Bridegroom revived
Incipit: Parade mentes ora
Refrain: Parade mentes ora/ como Santa Maria/ d’ acorrer non demora/ a quen por ela fia.
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Setting: Provence Protagonist(s): a young man

In Provence, there were two widows who were neighbours. One had a son, and the other, a daughter. To their mothers’ delight, the young people got engaged.

The mother of the young man had a feast prepared to which she invited his fiancée and her mother. The young man bustled about serving the guests.

As he was washing a wineglass at an open window overlooking a steep cliff, he leaned too far forward and fell out. He plunged headlong, was dashed to the ground, and died instantly.

His fiancée and her mother started wailing and weeping, but the young man’s mother, trusting in the Virgin, maintained her composure. She had him brought before the Virgin’s altar and she prayed to Mary to restore his life.

The man rose up alive from the bed where he had been laid. No sign of his injuries remained. His mother gave thanks to God.

Both the young man and his beloved took vows of chastity and entered religious orders. They served the Virgin for as long as they lived.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13' 13' 13' 13' Refrain: 6' 6' 6' 6'
No. of Stanzas: 18
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | cccb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F52, E241
Poncelet reference
accident, blood, chastity, devils, fall (from building), head injury, holy orders , marriage, mother-in-law, resurrection, warfare, wine
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Fidalgo, Elvira
El planto en la historia y en la literatura gallega
Filgueira Valverde, José
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
A Note on King Alfonso’s Use of Popular Themes in his Cantigas
Keller, John Esten
Lujuria,tentación e impotencia: Desde San Hugo de Avalón a las 'Cantigas de Santa Maria'
Lappin, Anthony