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CSM Number : 264
Short name: The Icon of the Virgin Mary Saves Constantinople Alternative: Painting of the Virgin saves Constantinople
Incipit: Pois aos seus que ama/ defende todavia
Refrain: Pois aos seus que ama/ defende todavia/ dereit’ é que defenda/ a si Santa Maria.
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Setting: Constantinople Protagonist(s): the citizens of Constantinople

Some Moorish warriors, with a large fleet, laid siege to Constantinople. They gained control of the river, and cut off the citizen’s water supply.

The people took solace in a miraculous portrait of the Virgin that had been painted from life by St Luke.

A knight, trusting in the Virgin, had the image placed on the shore. After it had been placed there, the people prayed to the Virgin to defend them from the Moors.

Then, raising their hands to heaven, they tossed the image into the sea.

At once, the ships of the Moors sank.

The people gave thanks to the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13' 13' 13' 13' Refrain: 13' 13'
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
fleet, galley, image (of Virgin Mary), knight, Muslims/Moors, pilgrimage, portrait (of Virgin Mary), shipwreck, siege, warfare
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Alfonso X, el Sabio compara moros y judíos
Bagby, Albert
Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Os judeus na Espanha do século XIII, segundo as Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X o Sábio
Teensma, B. N.