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CSM Number : 339
Short name: The Fish that Plugged a Hole in a Ship Alternative: Fish plug hole in ship's hull
Incipit: En quantas guisas os seus acorrer
Refrain: En quantas guisas os seus acorrer/ sab’ a Virgen, non se pode dizer.
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Setting: Cartagena and Alicante Protagonist(s): people sailing from Cartagena

A ship was sailing from Cartagena to Alicante.

On the way, its hull split open and the ship filled with water.

The people on board prayed to various saints, but a good man suggested that they pray to the Virgin instead.

They did so, and then examined the place where the water was flooding in. They decided to bail the ship. However, the Virgin came to their aid and inserted three fish into the gaping hole. Seeing this, the people were overjoyed. They thanked the Virgin and soon docked in Alicante.

In the port, the captain saw the fish wedged tightly in the hole. No master craftsman or caulker could have done a better job.

The captain took out the fish. He ate the two dead ones and put the live one in front of the altar in the church for all to see.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F100, E339
Poncelet reference
captain (of ship), fish, Saints (other), shipwreck
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
La cultura murciana en el reinado de Alfonso X
Torres Fontes, Juan