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CSM Number : 274
Short name: The Monk who Made a Robe of Prayers Alternative: Monk makes robe of prayers
Incipit: Poi-lo pecador punnar/ en servir Santa Maria
Refrain: Poi-lo pecador punnar/ en servir Santa Maria/ non temades que perder/ se possa per sa folia.
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Setting: Burgos Protagonist(s): a friar

A friar decided to make a robe of prayers for the Virgin. He said his prayers faithfully day and night to complete it.

Meanwhile, the devil tempted him to leave the order and he did so, leaving the robe unfinished.

The friar went on his way and the Virgin Mary appeared to him. In her hand she held a short, richly embroidered garment. The Virgin explained to him that it was the unfinished robe of prayers. She advised him to go back to the monastery to complete it for her. She predicted that the friar would die in a year’s time and promised that she would come to him.

The friar returned to the monastery and performed penance. He said his prayers to complete the robe. He told the other friars that the Virgin had foretold his death.

One year later, the Virgin appeared to the friar once again. She told him that the robe was complete and that he would leave the world the next day.

He repented of his sins and, the following day, died painlessly.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15' Refrain: 14' 14'
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F38, E274
Poncelet reference
apparition, death (foretold), devils, monastery, monks, offerings, penance, robe (of prayers), soul, tears
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Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Randglossen zum altportugiesischen Liederbuch
Vasconcelos, Carolina Michaëlis de