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CSM Number : 336
Short name: The Lustful Knight who was Freed from Desire Alternative: Lustful knight is freed from desire
Incipit: Ben como punna o demo/ en fazer-nos que erremos
Refrain: Ben como punna o demo/ en fazer-nos que erremos/ outrossi a Virgen punna/ como nos d’ errar guardemos.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a lustful knight

A handsome, humble, and courteous knight was devoted to the Virgin.

He praised her as much as he could and gave alms in her name to the poor, for he was also generous.

Nevertheless, he was extremely lustful. When he thought of the Virgin, he could keep his passion in check, but he often forgot and struggled with the devil, unable to overcome his lust.

The Virgin appeared to the knight in a vision and he begged her to have mercy on him. She looked at him angrily and told him to change his behaviour.

He replied that the sin [of lust] had been engrained in man’s nature from Adam’s time. He declared that he would not be free of it unless she cured him.

The very next day, the Virgin made that knight who had burned with lust, grow colder than snow. Thus, because the Virgin broke the devil’s power, the knight lived a virtuous life.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F101, E336
Poncelet reference
alms, chastity, impotence, knight, lust, snow
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Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
Lujuria,tentación e impotencia: Desde San Hugo de Avalón a las 'Cantigas de Santa Maria'
Lappin, Anthony
The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen