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CSM Number : 296
Short name: St Dunstan’s Vision Alternative: St. Dunstan
Incipit: Quen aa Virgen santa/ mui ben servir quiser
Refrain: Quen aa Virgen santa/ mui ben servir quiser/ conven-lle que a sérvia/ com’ a ela prouguer.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Canterbury Protagonist(s): a monk [identified in other versions as St Dunstan]

In Canterbury there was a monk who was a holy man.

Kneeling in front of the Virgin’s altar, he said his prayers several times a day. He asked the Virgin to give him wisdom so he would know how best to serve her. This was his only plea.

The Virgin appeared to him and told him that his petition was pleasing to her and to her son.

She counselled the monk to love, honour and praise her.

The monk listened eagerly and did everything she said.

The Virgin took his soul to heaven.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 13 13 Refrain: 13 13
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F11, E296
Poncelet reference
Moris erat s. Dunstano loca sancta, quando Cantuariae (1117)
altar, apparition, monks, vision
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Miracle Collection
St. Dunstan and the Virgin's Choir Pez
St. Dunstan and the Virgin's Choir Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Alfonso’s Miraculous Book: Patronage, Politics, and Performance in the ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Kennedy, Kirstin
Estudio histórico-musical [de las Cantigas de Santa Maria]
Llorens Cistero, José María