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CSM Number : 338
Short name: The Blind Servant whose Sight was Restored Alternative: Blind servant healed
Incipit: Muitos que pelos pecados
Refrain: Muitos que pelos pecados/ que fazen perden o lume/ guarece Santa Maria/ ca atal é seu costume.
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Setting: Évora Protagonist(s): a blind servant

In the city of Évora, a master had a servant who tilled his estate and did everything he asked efficiently and willingly.

One day, when the servant was ploughing with the oxen, he became blind in both eyes.

His companions led him to his master’s house.

The master was very sad to see him in that state, and he prayed to Jesus Christ to heal him.

Later, at the year’s end, they visited the great church dedicated to the Virgin.

The servant was able to see the candles burning brightly there and vowed he would only eat vegetables that day.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
blindness, book (of miracles), candle, fasting, ox, servant
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Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário