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CSM Number : 282
Short name: The Child who Fell from a Rooftop Alternative: Child falls from rooftop
Incipit: Par Deus, muit’ á gran vertude
Refrain: Par Deus, muit’ á  gran vertude/ na paravla comunal/ u dizen todos nas coitas:/ ai Santa Maria val.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Segovia Protagonist(s): the son of Diego Sánchez

A man in Segovia named Diego Sánchez had a son whom he loved dearly.

One day the child was playing on the roof of a very high building.

He fell backwards and tumbled headlong into the street.

His nurse and his parents came running when they heard his cry.

Thinking that the child was dead, they ran to pick him up, but they found him playing and laughing. They asked him if he was injured and he assured them that he was fine because, as he was falling, he asked the Virgin to save him.

When his parents heard this, they praised the Virgin and took the boy to the cathedral to offer many candles.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F61a, E282
Poncelet reference
candle, children, fall (from building), Saint Matthew
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Sull’antica metrica portoghese
Mussafia, Adolfo