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CSM Number : 353
Short name: The Boy who Offered Food to the Christ Child Alternative: Bread Offered to the Christ-Child
Incipit: Quen a omagen da Virgen
Refrain: Quen a omagen da Virgen/ e de seu Fillo onrrar/ deles será muit’ onrrado/ no seu ben, que non á par.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Venice Protagonist(s): a little boy and an abbot

A rich man in Venice had only one son because all the rest of his children had died. He sent the boy to live in a monastery to be raised by the abbot. The abbot, who called the boy his son, let him play in the cloister. While playing, the boy often went into the church where he admired a statue of the Virgin and Child.

He was captivated by the Child and went to see him often. He decided to offer him a portion of the meal they gave him. He went to the church, climbed up on the altar and laid the food out in front of the statue. He promised to bring the Child food everyday, and encouraged him to eat.

The boy did this for fifteen days. Then the statue of the Child spoke to him, bidding him to eat at his Father’s table the next day.

The abbot, noticing that the boy was growing thin, questioned him. The boy said that he had been sharing his food with the Child on the altar and explained that the Child had asked him to dinner.

The abbot, after asking the child if he could accompany him, assembled his monks. He told them that he would be leaving and appointed a successor, a monk named don Mateus.

That night both the abbot and the boy fell ill; at the sixth hour they were taken to heaven.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 20
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
Accidit autem ut quaedam pauper mulier cum parvulo filio (10)
abbot, altar, children, death (foretold), illness, image (of Virgin Mary), monastery, monks, offerings, play
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Miracle Collection
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child Vincent de Beauvais
Bread: Spiris locus est Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Bread: Spiris locus est BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Bread: Spiris locus est Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child John of Garland
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child Nigel of Canterbury
(London, BL, MS Cotton Vespasian D.xix)
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child BL Mariale 4
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 1, ff. 64v-69v)
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child Johannes Herolt
Bread Offered to the Christ-Child Paris Mariale 1
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale 14463)
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