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CSM Number : 266
Short name: The Beam that Fell on the Congregation Alternative: Beam falls on congregation
Incipit: De muitas guisas miragres
Refrain: De muitas guisas miragres/ a Virgen esperital/ faz por que en Deus creamos/ e por nos guardar de mal.
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Setting: Castrogeriz Protagonist(s): a Christian congregation

Wood, stone, sand and lime were brought to Castrogeriz for the building of a church dedicated to the Virgin.

Many people gave offerings to pay for the construction of the church, the tower, and the porch.

One day, when a great crowd of people were gathered in the church, listening to a sermon, a beam fell down on them from above.

Even though there were many people packed tightly together, the Virgin saved them all from injury.

[In normal circumstances], nothing could have fallen from the ceiling without wounding someone or destroying something.

The people, who were frightened but unscathed, gave thanks to the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F65f, E266
Poncelet reference
accident, beam (roof), church (construction of) , offerings, sermon, stone (blocks of), vigil
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