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CSM Number : 359
Short name: The Youth who was Freed from the Moors Alternative: Young Man is freed From Moors
Incipit: As mãos da Santa Virgen
Refrain: As mãos da Santa Virgen/ que tangeren acaron/ Jesucristo, mui ben poden/ sacar presos de prijon.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: the parish of San Salvador in Jerez, Ronda, Algeciras, and Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): a young man named Domingo

A man came to Jerez with his wife and settled in the parish of San Salvador. He was a good neighbour and had two sons. The eldest was named Domingo, and the youngest, Pedro. One day the man sent his son Domingo to inspect one of his vineyards. While the boy was doing so, he was captured and taken to Ronda to be held for ransom.

A Moor purchased him and sent him in a caravan to Algeciras. As he was being led away, the Virgin appeared to Domingo and promised to return him safely to his father’s house.

His parents, hearing the news of his capture, were overcome with grief. They went to Santa Maria do Porto to offer a candle.

While they were there, their younger son, Pedro, came and announced that Domingo had returned.

They went home at once and found him there with a large pair of leg irons.

All of them returned at once to Santa Maria do Porto and praised the Virgin so loudly that there voices could be heard from a long way off.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
apparition, candle, caravan, children, imprisonment, offerings, pilgrimage, ransom, shackles, slavery, vineyards
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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