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CSM Number : 321
Short name: The Girl who was Cured of Scrofula Alternative: Girl is cured of scrofula
Incipit: O que mui tarde ou nunca
Refrain: O que mui tarde ou nunca/ se pode por meezĩa/ sãar, en mui pouco tempo/ guarec’ a Santa Reĩa.
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Setting: Córdoba Protagonist(s): a girl with scrofula

A girl who lived in Córdoba suffered from a disease of the throat called scrofula.

She had been sick for three years and her mother had paid many doctors to cure her. Nevertheless, even though she paid them as much as fifty maravedís and more, none of their remedies were successful.

A good man advised the woman to take her daughter to the king who would be able to heal her, like all Christian kings. He offered to accompany them.

The next day, they went to see the king, but he denied that he could cure the girl. Instead, he told them to take the girl to the statue of the Virgin dressed in a purple robe. He advised them to wash the statue with water after mass had been said, and to let the girl drink the liquid from the chalice on the altar.

He told her to drink it for five days in a row—the number of letters in the name Maria.

They did this and the little girl was healed. She was healthy without resorting to tub baths or taking any medicine.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F24, E321
Poncelet reference
bathing, chalice, children, doctor (medical), image (of Virgin Mary), king, mass, scrofula, wine
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The thaumaturgy of regal piety: Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Lappin, Anthony
’Poer as mãos sobre os lamparões’; reminiscencias del milagro regio: toucher les écrouelles (CSM 321).
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
The Cantigas de Santa Maria as an Historical Source: Two Examples (nos. 321 and 386)
O’Callaghan, Joseph F.