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CSM Number : 36
Short name: The Light on the Masthead
Incipit: Muit’ amar devemos
Refrain: Muit’ amar devemos en nossas voontades/ a Sennor, que coitas nos toll’ e tempestades.
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Setting: On the way to Britain Protagonist(s): various men and an abbot travelling by ship

Some men were travelling to Britain on a ship.

The vessel was struck by a storm.

They began to call on various saints to save them.

A holy abbot, on board the ship, advised them to call instead on the Virgin.

They did so, and saw a bright light glowing at the top of the mast.

When the light appeared, the wind was stilled and the ship soon arrived at port.

Metrical data
Stanza: 14' 14' 14' 14' Refrain: 12' 12'
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T36, E36, To37
Poncelet reference
Abbas quidam aliquando in medio maris britannici nimia cum (1)
abbot, apparition, light (celestial), mast, Saints (other), shipwreck, storm
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Miracle Collection
Light on the Masthead Pez
Light on the Masthead Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
Light on the Masthead Vincent de Beauvais
Light on the Masthead Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Light on the Masthead Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Light on the Masthead Gautier de Coinci
Light on the Masthead Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Light on the Masthead Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
Light on the Masthead BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
Light on Masthead Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Light on the Masthead Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Light on the Masthead Johannes Herolt
Light on the Masthead Pseudo-Caesarius
Light on Masthead Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Light on the Masthead Li Miracoli de Senta Maria
Catálogo musical de la Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid
Anglés, Higinio, and José Subirá
Mecanismos de envolvimento da instância autoral nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Bittencourt, Vanda de Oliveira
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Variantes de tres leyendas por Gil de Zamora
Fita, Fidel
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
An Anthology of Old Portuguese
Roberts, Kimberley S.
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.