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CSM Number : 283
Short name: The Priest who Scorned the Virgin Alternative: Priest threatens to excommunicate parishioners (Terena)
Incipit: Quen vai contra Santa Maria
Refrain: Quen vai contra Santa Maria/ con sobervia, faz mal a si.
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Setting: Terena Protagonist(s): a priest

A priest lived near the Virgin’s shrine at Terena.

One day he preached a sermon, warning the people not to go to Terena or to make offerings there. He threatened to excommunicate anyone who dared to go there on the Virgin’s feast in August.

As he was saying these things, his mouth became twisted to such an extent that he could not speak or sing the mass, but only bleat like a goat. In addition, his limbs were paralysed so that he was rooted to the spot. This happened because he had scorned the Virgin.

Everyone praised the Virgin and feared her even more from that time forth.

The priest repented and recovered.

He made an offering at Terena.

Metrical data
Stanza: 8 8 8 8 8 8' 8 Refrain: 8' 8
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AB | cccccab Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F8, E283
Poncelet reference
Assumption (feast of), excommunication, goats, lame, mass, mouth, offerings, paralysis, pilgrimage
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Os Riba de Vizela, Senhores de Terena (1259-1312)
Rei, António
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan