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CSM Number : 31
Short name: The Runaway Calf
Incipit: Tanto, se Deus me perdon
Refrain: Tanto, se Deus me perdon/ son da Virgen connoçudas/ sas mercees, que quinnon/ queren end’ as bestias mudas.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Vila Sirga Protagonist(s): a farmer from Segovia

People, great and small, sick and well, visit the church of Vila Sirga, near Carrión to pray, receive health and make donations. A farmer from Segovia lost his favourite cow. Many cows in that region were being bitten or eaten by wolves.

He prayed to the Virgin to protect it, promising to give the Virgin the calf it was carrying.

The cow came home safely and bore the calf.

After the calf had grown, the farmer tried to take it to the market to sell, but it ran away.

The calf entered the church dedicated to Mary and stopped before her statue. Then it went to be fed where the beasts belonging to the ecclesiastical house were given their ration.

Without being beaten or prodded, the ox worked harder than any of the other animals. The farmer was amazed to see it at Vila Sirga. He spread news of the miracle.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 7’ 7 7’ 7 7’ 7 7’ Refrain: 7 7’ 7 7’
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | ccabab Zejel:
MS locations:
T31, E31, To32
Poncelet reference
alms, calf, cow, farmer, image (of Virgin Mary), ox, vow
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Cantigas de Santa Maria — El Cantar de los cantares — Sonetos — Coplas que hizo por la muerte de su padre D. Rodrigo
Alfonso X el Sabio and others