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CSM Number : 324
Short name: The Statue that Cured a Mute Alternative: Alfonso X's statue cures mute
Incipit: A Sennor que mui ben soube/ per sa lingua responder
Refrain: A Sennor que mui ben soube/ per sa lingua responder/ a Gabriel, mui ben pode/ lingua muda correger.
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Setting: Seville Protagonist(s): a mute man and a king [Alfonso X]

In Seville there was a very beautiful statue of the Virgin. The king had brought it there and it worked many miracles. He and the people had great reverence for it and often went to see it.

One time, on the Feast of the Virgin’s Nativity, the king heard mass in the great cathedral. After mass had ended, the people begged him to bring out the statue.

He agreed to let them see it because he loved the place and had buried his parents there.

He went to his chapel and took the statue to them in a great procession, praising the Virgin.

As soon as the statue arrived at the church, a man, who had not uttered a word for two years, started to speak. He attributed his cure to the Virgin and raised his hands toward heaven.

The king and all the people praised the Virgin because she performed such a beautiful miracle in their presence.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F23, E324
Poncelet reference
cathedral, chapel (in castle), deaf-mute, feast day, image (of Virgin Mary), king, mass, Nativity of the Virgin (feast of), procession, sign language
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Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Memorias históricas del rei don Alonso el Sabio, i observaciones a su chronica
Ibañez de Segovia, Gaspar, (Marqués de Mondéjar)
Alfonso’s Miraculous Book: Patronage, Politics, and Performance in the ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Kennedy, Kirstin
Annales eclesiásticos y seculares de la muy noble y muy leal ciudad de Sevilla
Ortiz de Zúñiga, Diego
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
La composición de las Cantigas de Santa Maria: una estrategia métrico-melódica, una estrategia poética
Rossell, Antoni
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier