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CSM Number : 303
Short name: The Statue that Spoke to a Naughty Girl Alternative: Statue speaks to naughty girl
Incipit: Por fol tenno quen na Virgen
Refrain: Por fol tenno quen na Virgen/ non á mui grand’ asperança/ ca noss’ esforç’ é nos medos/ e nas coitas amparança.
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Setting: Las Huelgas, Burgos Protagonist(s): a little girl

At the convent of Las Huelgas in Burgos, there was a little girl who played foolish pranks. She was punished severely by one of the nuns who was her aunt.

One day the girl did a very naughty thing.

Her aunt looked for her so that she could punish her.

Terrified, the girl ran to the statue of the Virgin and asked her to erase the deed from her aunt’s mind. The statue of the Virgin spoke and assured her that she would grant the girls’ request.

The girl told her aunt about her encounter with the statue.

Her aunt did not beat her as she had done before, but loved her tenderly from that time forth.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F29, E303
Poncelet reference
children, corporal punishment, image (of Virgin Mary), nun, repentance (see also confession)
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
La notación mensural de la música monódica de la corte española del siglo XIII ofrece soluciones nuevas, hasta hoy totalmente desconocidas, para la interpretación estético-rítmica de las melodías de los trovadores
Anglés, Higinio
Historia de la Música
Della Corte, A., and G. Pannain