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CSM Number : 258
Short name: The Woman whose Dough was Replenished Alternative: Bread dough is provided
Incipit: Aquela que a seu Fillo/ viu cinque mil avondar
Refrain: Aquela que a seu Fillo/ viu cinque mil avondar/ omees de cinque pães/ que quer pod’ acrescentar.
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Setting: Provence Protagonist(s): a woman baking bread

A good woman of Provence was accustomed to giving alms to the poor. She ground flour and made bread to feed them.

However, during a year of famine, she used up all her wheat. She was kneading the last bit of dough to make some bread for herself, when some poor people came begging. She gave the dough to the poor, keeping nothing back.

Although she had no dough left, she told her son to heat up the oven.

When the oven was hot, her son bid her to bring the loaves, but she explained that she had given all of the dough away.

Her son started to complain, but his mother discovered that the dough she had kneaded was lying just as she had left it.

She began to cross herself and, weeping, ran into the streets to tell everyone of the Virgin’s generosity.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F67b, E258
Poncelet reference
alms, bread, bread dough, cross (sign of) , famine, flour, offerings
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Resumen de ’¿Cuáles son los orígenes musicales de las Cantigas?’
García Moreno, María Teresa
A Note on King Alfonso’s Use of Popular Themes in his Cantigas
Keller, John Esten
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen