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CSM Number : 318
Short name: The Priest who Stole Silver from a Cross Alternative: Priest steals silver from a cross
Incipit: Quen a Deus e a sa Madre/ escarnno fazer quiser
Refrain: Quen a Deus e a sa Madre/ escarnno fazer quiser/ muito ser  gran dereito/ se ll’ ende pois mal vẽer.
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Setting: Hita in Toledo Protagonist(s): a wicked priest

In the city of Hita in the kingdom of Toledo, there was a priest who spoke fine words, but was really an evil thief.

In his church there was a large silver cross. He stole it, scraped off the silver, and gave the metal to a woman of his.

The next day, he showed the cross to the people. He wept and cursed the one who had stolen the silver. He asked God to avenge the deed and to strike the person blind. He made everyone say the Our Father.

When they had recited it, the Virgin blinded him. No medicine from Montpellier could help him.

In addition, she made his nose grow so big that it covered his mouth and stretched out to his ears.

He could not eat or drink unless he lifted that enormous nose. A thousand times a day he wished that he were dead. The Virgin disfigured him so that people who saw him would avoid doing wrong.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F48, E318
Poncelet reference
blindness, cross, cursing, face, nose, priest , silver, thief/ thieves
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Igkesias, Yolanda, and David Navarro
Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário
Doing lines: refrains and copyists in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen