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CSM Number : 242
Short name: The Stonemason who was Held up by his Fingertips Alternative: Stonemason escapes death
Incipit: O que no coraçon d’ ome
Refrain: O que no coraçon d’ ome/ é mui duro de creer/ pode-o Santa Maria/ mui de ligeiro fazer.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Castrogeriz Protagonist(s): a stonemason

A skilled stonemason was building the Virgin’s church in Castrogeriz.

One day, while he was working, he fell from the highest part of a wall.

As he fell, he called out to the Virgin, and managed to catch his fingers on a stone.

Although he was heavy, the Virgin Mary caused him to maintain his grip. He did not slip, but hung there by his fingernails, praying to her.

The stonemason stayed suspended like that for most of the day.

The Virgin supported him until the people came and took him down. They placed the stonemason before the altar and spread the news of the miracle throughout the land.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F68, E242
Poncelet reference
accident, church (construction of) , fall (from building), mason
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Two for the Price of One: On the Castroxerix Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Valor de la música de las Cantigas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
Mestre Giraldo e os seus Tratados de Alveitaria e Cetraria
Vasconcelos, Carolina Michaëlis de