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CSM Number : 269
Short name: The Boy who Fasted Faithfully Alternative: A mute boy from Cologne healed (Soissons)
Incipit: A que poder á dos mortos/ de os fazer resorgir
Refrain: A que poder á dos mortos/ de os fazer resorgir/ pod’ os mudos e os sordos/ fazer falar e oir.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a deaf-mute boy and his mother

A woman had a deaf-mute son whom she loved dearly. She spent a lot of money on cures and tried various medicines without success.

She prayed to the Virgin and fasted on the eve of her feast days. Using gestures, the boy asked his mother why she was fasting so strictly. She told him that she was doing it for the Virgin’s sake.

The boy joined her in her fast and prayed to the Virgin in sign language.

The boy fell ill and his relatives thought he would die. However, he rose up in bed and spoke clearly, as if conversing with someone. When his mother asked him about this, he told her that he had been speaking to the Virgin.

He explained that the Virgin had advised him to make his confession and had promised to take him to Paradise very soon.

The boy, completely cured, got up from his bed, and the people praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F98, E269
Poncelet reference
children, confession (see also repentance), deaf-mute, fasting, feast day, heaven, illness, repentance (see also confession), sign language
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Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe