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CSM Number : 273
Short name: The Miraculous Thread Alternative: Altar cloth is repaired
Incipit: A Madre de Deus que éste/ do mundo lum’ e espello
Refrain: A Madre de Deus que éste/ do mundo lum’ e espello/ sempre nas cousas minguadas/ acorre e dá consello.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Ayamonte Protagonist(s): a man

In a rocky place called Ayamonte, where partridges and hares flourish, there was a castle containing a chapel dedicated to the Virgin.

The chapel was small, poor, and lacking in everything, including wafers and wine.

A man, who happened to go there on the Virgin’s feast in August, was shocked by the sorry state of the shrine.

He did not have anything to offer, but he decided to repair the tattered altar cloths. He had a needle, but when he begged the people to give him some thread, he could not obtain a single one.

He tried to take a thread from the cloths themselves, but could not draw one out. While he was looking around, two threads suddenly appeared, hanging above his shoulder. He marvelled at this unprecedented miracle and exhorted the people to pray to the Virgin.

Everyone gave generous offerings to the Virgin and the man repaired the cloths with the threads.rn

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F39, E273
Poncelet reference
altarcloth, Assumption (feast of), bell, chapel (in castle), devils, feast day, fox , hare, host, needle, partridge, sewing, thread, wine
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A inserción do ’verbo antigo’ na literatura medieval
Filgueira Valverde, José
Sobre tres pasajes estraños de las Cantigas de Santa María
Pensado Tomé, José Luis