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CSM Number : 334
Short name: The Farmer whose Wife Tried to Poison him Alternative: Farmer's wife tries to poisons him, but harms loyal servant (Terena)
Incipit: De resorgir ome morto/ deu Nostro Sennor poder
Refrain: De resorgir ome morto/ deu Nostro Sennor poder/ a sa madr’ e toda cousa/ guardar de se non perder.
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Setting: Aroche and Terena Protagonist(s): a farmer and his servant named Bartholomew

A farmer in Aroche had a servant named Bartholomew. The boy devoutly loved and served him. One time, Bartholomew fell ill and could not get up, so his master took the oxen and went out to plough. He was very concerned about the boy, and asked his wife to take care of him.

His wife, wishing to harm her husband mixed some herbs with wine.

She instructed Bartholomew to take it to his master, and told him not to drink any himself. Suspecting the wine was tainted, he tasted it and went mad. He was paralysed for a year and had lost his senses.

His relatives decided to take him to Terena, but he died on the way.

They continued their journey regardless, and when they reached Terena they placed him in front of the Virgin’s altar.

He was revived and his senses were restored.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
farmer, herbs, madness, murder, paralysis, pilgrimage, poison, resurrection, servant, wine
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Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira
As Cantigas de Santa Maria de Terena. Milagres Portugueses Medievais,
Lima, Mariana Ramos de
Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário
Os Riba de Vizela, Senhores de Terena (1259-1312)
Rei, António