Poems MSS / layout Miracles Keywords Poncelet Bibliography Search

View poem data

For the purposes of the new edition, every poem has been assigned a unique short title. The original short titles, taken eclectically from a number of sources, are retained as alternative short titles.
For new critical texts of the poems, return to the listing page and click on the poem number, or go to the archive of texts .
For epigraphs and layout information click on the appropriate manuscript location.
For information on Latin and vernacular sources of miracle stories follow the links to Miracles and collections. Follow the links to the appropriate pages of Todd McComb and Pierre Roberge's online discography, to the BITAGAP archive, and to linked entries in the Bibliography.
Home Page

Back to list
CSM Number : 356
Short name: The Builders who were Supplied with Wood Alternative: Flooded river carries bridge to builders
Incipit: Non é mui gran maravilla/ se sabe fazer lavor
Refrain: Non é mui gran maravilla/ se sabe fazer lavor/ a madre do que o mundo/ fezo e é del Sennor.
Summary of narrative
View Options: (Narrative Miniature Narrative & Miniature Miniature & Caption Narrative, Miniature & Both Captions )
Setting: Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): the builders of the Church of Santa Maria do Porto

The builders of the Church of Santa Maria do Porto had plenty of lime, stone, sand and water, but they lacked wood.

They determined to get some, but instead the Virgin supplied it.

The Virgin caused a great flood to pass through the city.

The waters of the Guadalete River swept away a fine wooden bridge and the current carried it to the building site.

The master builder had promised the king to complete the work by a certain date. Without the Virgin’s aid, this would have proved impossible.

The builders seized the bridge and praised the Virgin, calling her the greatest of all saints.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
bridge, builders, church (construction of) , flood, king, river, sand, wood
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen