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CSM Number : 332
Short name: The Fire at the Convent of Carrizo Alternative: Fire at Convent of Carrizo
Incipit: Atan gran poder o fogo | non á per ren de queimar 
Refrain: Atan gran poder o fogo | non á per ren de queimar/ como á Santa Maria, | quando quer, de o matar.
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Setting: the Cistercian convent of Carrizo near León Protagonist(s): the nuns of the convent of Carrizo

At the convent of Carrizo, a beautiful statue of the Virgin was enshrined in a finely built chapel. The nuns venerated this statue and went there day and night to say lengthy prayers. They brought candles to light the place.

One cold winter, they scattered straw throughout the church. They also placed candles there. A nun lit a long candle and it started a fire, which spread from the choir to the altar.

The statue of the Virgin seized the veil from its head and threw it in front of the flames.

The fire was instantly extinguished and did not burn a single thing.

The sleeping sacristan got up and went into the church with two other nuns to ring the bells. When she entered she saw everything that I have described.

She woke all the nuns and told them about the miracle. They went at once to the church, sang praises to the Virgin, and, prostrating themselves on the ground, prayed from their Psalters.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] Refrain: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
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Poncelet reference
abbess, bell, candle, Cistercians, convent, fire, image (of Virgin Mary), Psalter, sacristan, Saint Martin, straw, veil
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Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen