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CSM Number : 354
Short name: The King’s Ferret Alternative: Alfonso X's ferret is saved
Incipit: Eno pouco e eno muito
Refrain: Eno pouco e eno muito | en todo lles faz mercee/ aos seus servos a Virgen | madre do que todo vee.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): the King [Alfonso X] and his doneziña [ferret]

The King had a pet ferret, which he loved dearly. The beast was quick and clever. It hunted birds and did many other tricks, which delighted the king.

He was so taken with the animal that he made a beautiful little cage in which to keep it and to protect it from cats.

One day, when the King was riding down the road, he took the ferret from the cage. As he was doing this, the nimble beast fell under the horses’ hooves.

The King cried out to the Virgin, begging her to save his little pet.

Everyone there was upset because the king’s horse had stepped firmly on the ferret. The King, pleaded with them to find it and give it back to him.

Then suddenly, the merciful Virgin caused the ferret to come out from under the horse’s hoof. May she be blessed and praised and may she and her son give us mercy and grace forevermore.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15’ [7’ 7’] 15’ [7’ 7’] 15’ [7’ 7’] 15’ [7’ 7’] Refrain: 15’ [7’ 7’] 15’ [7’ 7’]
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
accident, birds, cage, cat, ferret, horse, king, pet
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Cantigas de Santa Maria do rei don Alfonso
Alfonso X , o Sábio
Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
Resumen de ’¿Cuáles son los orígenes musicales de las Cantigas?’
García Moreno, María Teresa
La poesía de las Cantigas
Márquez Villanueva, Francisco
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X, O Sábio: aspectos culturais e literários
Vaz Leão, Angela