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CSM Number : 362
Short name: The Blind Goldsmith whose Sight was Restored Alternative: De aurifice caeco illuminato Atrebati (Laon)
Incipit: Ben pode Santa Maria/ seu lum’ ao cego dar
Refrain: Ben pode Santa Maria/ seu lum’ ao cego dar/ pois que dos pecados pode/ as almas alumẽar.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Chartres Protagonist(s): a goldsmith

A goldsmith once made a reliquary for the cathedral of “Lyon” [probably Laon.

Later, he was struck blind.

The Dean, who took the reliquary on a fund-raising tour, visited Chartres.

At Chartres, the reliquary was described to the blind goldsmith who identified it as his workmanship.

He approached the reliquary, wept, and asked the Virgin to restore his sight.

His sight was not only restored, but also improved.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F42, E362, To95
Poncelet reference
blindness, cathedral, craftsman, dean, fire, goldsmith, relics, reliquary, servant, sin, tears
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Poesía de santuarios
Filgueira Valverde, José
El culto de las reliquias en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio
Martín Ansón, Maria Luisa
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Collection, Composition, and Compilation in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen, & Deirdre Jackson
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Canticles 35 and 362: Keys to the Poetic Style of the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Vandrey, Philip Lee