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CSM Number : 279
Short name: King Alfonso is Healed Alternative: Alfonso X is cured by the Virgin
Incipit: Santa Maria, valed’, ai Sennor
Refrain: Santa Maria, valed’ ai Sennor/ e acorred’ a vosso trobador/ que mal lle vai.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): unspecified [King Alfonso X--This cantiga is written in the present tense in the first person.]

A devotee of the Virgin, who sang her praises, suffered an agonising illness that made him cry out in pain.

He prayed to the Virgin to have mercy on him.

He acknowledged that she was the best of all of God’s Creation.

He confessed that he feared dying of the illness, which had him in its grip.

He looked as green as [cloth made in] Cambrai.

The Virgin took away his fever and evil humour.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 10 4 Refrain: 10 10 4
No. of Stanzas: 4
Rhyme scheme: AAB | aAaAab Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E279, ToAppendix 10
Poncelet reference
fever, illness, king, pain
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El Còdex musical de Las Huelgas. Música a veus dels segles XIII-XIV
Anglés, Higinio
La música a Catalunya a fins al segle XIII
Anglés, Higinio
Contributo allo studio della letteratura miracolistica
Bertolucci Pizzorusso, Valeria
Historia de la Música
Della Corte, A., and G. Pannain
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
Questões de estructura estrófica nas Cantigas de Santa Maria: estructuras múltiplas, assimetrias e continuações inconsistentes
Parkinson, Stephen
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Literatura galega medieval. I. A história. II. Antoloxia de textos comentados (lírica e prosa)
Pena, Xosé Ramón
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología
Solalinde, Antonio G.
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.