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CSM Number : 361
Short name: The Statue that Turned Over in Bed Alternative: Statue turns over in bed
Incipit: Null’ ome per ren non deve/ a dultar
Refrain: Null’ ome per ren non deve/ a dultar nen a tẽer/ que non pode na omagen/ da Virgen vertud’ aver.
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Setting: Las Huelgas, Burgos Protagonist(s): the nuns of Las Huelgas

King don Alfonso of Castile founded the convent of Las Huelgas, and his great-grandson, don Alfonso gave it a statue of the Virgin.

This statue was so powerful that the nuns who lived there constantly made requests of it, and the Virgin, acting through the statue, protected and cured them. They had great reverence for it because it was so wellcrafted and of such gentle appearence.

Once, on Christmas Eve, the nuns took the statue and placed it in a bed.

It lay there like a woman about to give birth.

As the nuns knelt around the bed, looking at the statue, it turned over in the bed, and its face changed colour.

They wept at the miracle and sang a song in honour of the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F83, E361
Poncelet reference
Cistercians, colour (transformed), convent, image (of Virgin Mary), king, Muslims/Moors, Nativity of Jesus Christ (feast of), nun, singing, song, warfare
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La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del Rey Don Alfonso el Sabio
Anglés, Higinio
Alfonso X el Sabio, un rey ’cantigueiro’
Llorens Cistero, José María