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CSM Number : 246
Short name: The Woman who could not Enter a Church Alternative: Woman cannot enter church
Incipit: A que as portas do ceo | abriu pera nos salvar
Refrain: A que as portas do ceo | abriu pera nos salvar/ poder á nas deste mundo | de as abrir e serrar.
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Setting: Alcázar [de San Juan, in Ciudad Real] Protagonist(s): a devout woman

Every Saturday, a woman from Alcázar went to church to say her prayers and make an offering to the Virgin.

One Saturday she was preoccupied with domestic chores and forgot to do this. In the evening, the woman remembered and, although it was late, she set off for the church.

The church was quite far outside the city and when the woman arrived, she found that the doors were locked.

Weeping, she began to say her prayers outside. When she had finished, she saw, to her amazement, that the doors were open. After she had entered and placed her offering on the altar, the doors swung shut behind her.

Feeling frightened, she hurried back to the city, but could not enter it because the gates were shut. She prayed to the Virgin who opened them at once.

Then a beautiful lady took her by the hand and led her home. She was very pleased, and asked the woman who she was. The woman told her that she was the Virgin and then disappeared.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] Refrain: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
F1, E246
Poncelet reference
altar, apparition, doors (opening of) , entrance (barred), gate, offerings, Saint Denis, Saturday (devoted to Virgin Mary)
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La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Cantigas de Santa Maria, Afonso X, Alcácer do sal, Santuário de Santa Maria dos Mártires, Senhora da Cinta
Pereira, Teresa Lopes
El códice florentino de las ’Cantigas’ y su relación con los demás manuscritos
Solalinde, Antonio G.