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CSM Number : 364
Short name: The Tower that Collapsed Alternative: Tower collapses on builders
Incipit: Quen por serviço da Virgen
Refrain: Quen por serviço da Virgen/ mete seu corp’ en ventura/ de tod’ ocajon o guarda/ ca é Sennor de mesura.
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Setting: Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): the builders of the Church of Santa Maria do Porto

Some builders were working diligently to build the Church of Santa Maria do Porto. They were preparing to lay the stone foundation and had dug a very deep trench.

It was so deep that it looked as if anyone who fell into it would by killed instantly.

Thirty workmen were in the bottom of the pit, digging under the corner of a tower, when the structure collapsed on top of them.

They did not despair, however, because the Virgin, whose church they were building, protected them from harm.

[lacuna of four lines]

They worked even more zealously after that and completed the church in a short time. It was beautiful and strong and people said there was no other like it in all of Extremadura.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
accident, builders, church (construction of) , dig, ditch, invincibility , tower (collapse of)
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Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Historia del Puerto de Santa María
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Tinnell, Roger D.