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CSM Number : 287
Short name: The Man who Tried to Drown his Wife Alternative: Husband tries to drown wife
Incipit: O que en Santa Maria/ todo seu coraçon ten
Refrain: O que en Santa Maria/ todo seu coraçon ten/ que quer que lle por mal façan/ todo llo torna en ben.
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Setting: the hermitage of Scala near Genoa Protagonist(s): a woman

A woman, who was devoted to the Virgin, was married to a man who secretly detested her and sought to kill her. He devised a plan to murder her. He suggested that they go by sea to visit the hermitage of Scala.

When they were in the boat, he seized her and cast her into the sea.

The Virgin came to her aid and put her on the shore.

The man begged her to return to the boat and she gave in to his pleading. This time, he placed her in a sack and tied it tightly shut before tossing it overboard.

Once again, the Virgin saved her. Her evil husband, thinking she was dead, went to the hermitage to pray. When he got there, he saw his wife standing in the doorway, holding the sack.

She explained that the Virgin had opened the sack and saved her. The husband begged her pardon and she forgave him. Together they made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
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Poncelet reference
drowning, hermitage, murder, pardon, pilgrimage, fall (into sea)
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