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CSM Number : 307
Short name: The Volcano that Erupted in Sicily Alternative: Volcano erupts in Sicily
Incipit: Toller pod’ a Madre de Nostro Sennor
Refrain: Toller pod’ a Madre de Nostro Sennor/ toda tempestade, se ll’ en prazer for.
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Setting: the mountain of Mongibello in Sicily Protagonist(s): a good man

Sicily is a fertile island, full of delightful things.

On this island there is a large mountain, called Mongibello, which can be seen from a great distance.

Sometimes it emits fire, which terrifies the people who live there.

Once a great fire began to burn in the mountain. Rain and hail fell as in a fierce winter and lightening struck the trembling earth. This went on for forty days and nights.

The Virgin appeared to a good man and told him that if they composed a song in her honour the torment would cease.

The man composed a rhyming tune and sang it with devotion. The storm was stilled and the people lost their fear.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F79, E307
Poncelet reference
apparition, earthquake, hail, rain, rhyme, song, vision, volcano
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Correia de Melo Neto, Ivo
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Gallego Gallego, Antonio
Text-music mismatches in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen