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CSM Number : 342
Short name: The Image that was Discovered in a Block of Marble Alternative: Image appears in block of marble
Incipit: Con razon nas creaturas/ figura pode mostrar
Refrain: Con razon nas creaturas/ figura pode mostrar/ Deus de si ou de sa Madre/ pois elas quis fegurar.
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Setting: Constantinople Protagonist(s): some blocks of marble

The Emperor don Manuel ordered a very noble church to be built in Constantinople.

He had marble blocks brought there from distant places. These were sawn in two and used to face the altar consecrated to the Virgin.

While they were sawing one of them, they discovered an image of the Virgin holding her son in her arms.


When the Emperor heard the news, he rode to the church, saw the image, and ordered it to be placed above the main entrance.

It still stands there today and everyone venerates it.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
acheiropoietos, church (construction of) , emperor, image (of Virgin Mary), marble (blocks of)
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Milagres e romarias portuguesas nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Martins, Mário