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CSM Number : 249
Short name: The Stonemason who Survived a Great Fall Alternative: Builder falls from great height
Incipit: Aquel que de voontade | Santa Maria servir
Refrain: Aquel que de voontade | Santa Maria servir/ d’ ocajon será guardado | e d’ outro mal sen mentir.
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Setting: the Church of Almazán in Castrogeriz Protagonist(s): a builder

Many men came to Castrogeriz to earn money building the church of Almazán on the outskirts of the city

One of them, however, worked only to earn the mercy and favour of the Virgin.

He was a skilled stonemason; he squared off the stones and laid them in rows.

One day, when he was working on the highest part of the building, he slipped and fell. As he was falling, he called out to the Virgin to save him.

Although fell from a great height and struck his head on the stones, he was unharmed.

He sprang up, ran to the altar, and gave thanks to the Virgin. Everyone present also praised the Virgin for the miracle.

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: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
F69, E249
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
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
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier