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CSM Number : 278
Short name: The Blind Pilgrim to Santiago who was Healed at Vilasirga Alternative: Blind woman healed (Vilasirga)
Incipit: Como sofre mui gran coita/ o om’ en cego seer
Refrain: Como sofre mui gran coita/ o om’ en cego seer/ assi faz gran piadade/ a Virgen en ll’ acorrer.
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Setting: Santiago, Carrión, and Vilasirga Protagonist(s): a blind woman

A blind woman from France went on pilgrimage to Santiago, but was not healed.

On her return, she and her daughter stopped at Carrión where they took shelter from the rain in a church on the outskirts of the town.

The blind woman lay down before the altar and prayed to the Virgin to restore her sight. She was cured instantly and blessed the Virgin.

The next day, on the road, the woman met a blind man travelling to Santiago. She advised him to go instead to Vilasirga and told him how she had been healed of the same affliction.

The man did as she advised and was also healed.

Everyone who heard the news praised the Virgin for healing two blind people so rapidly.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F74, E278
Poncelet reference
blindness, pilgrimage, Saint James
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Miniature spagnuole in un codice fiorentino
Aita, Nella
O códice florentino de Cantigas de Affonso, o Sábio
Aita, Nella
Imagen e intención. La representación de Santiago Apóstol en los manuscritos de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Fernández Fernández, Laura
King Alfonso’s Virgin of Villa-Sirga, Rival of St. James of Compostela
Keller, John Esten
More on the Rivalry Between Santa María and Santiago de Compostela
Keller, John Esten
The Way of Saint James
King, Georgiana G.
Afonso X e as Cantigas de Santa Maria localizadas en Galicia
Negri, Manuel