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CSM Number : 322
Short name: The Man who Choked on a Rabbit Bone Alternative: Man chokes on a rabbit bone
Incipit: A Virgen que de Deus Madre/ éste
Refrain: A Virgen que de Deus Madre/ éste, Filla e criada/ d’ acorrer os pecadores/ sempr’ est  aparellada.
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Setting: Évora Protagonist(s): a man

In Évora there was a man who was devoted to the Virgin.

He was also a hearty eater and liked to stuff large bits of food into his mouth.

One night, when he was dining on some rabbit, a bone became stuck in his throat.

The bone blocked his throat and it swelled up so much that he could not speak or breathe. He remained like this for a long time and could only sip broth and cold water.

In August, on the Feast of the Virgin’s Coronation, they carried him to her church and laid him before the altar. He lay there all night long and they thought he would die.

At dawn, during the mass, he had a coughing fit. As he was coughing, the Virgin caused him to spit up the bone. They gladly praised Holy Mary.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F25, E322
Poncelet reference
Assumption (feast of), bone, cough, feast day, gluttony, mass, pilgrimage, rabbit , throat
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Martins, Mário
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Valor de la música de las Cantigas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel