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CSM Number : 377
Short name: The Virgin Helps Pedro Lourenço Receive his Reward Alternative: Painter is rewarded
Incipit: Sempr’ a Virgen groriosa/ ao que s’ en ela fia
Refrain: Sempr’ a Virgen groriosa/ ao que s’ en ela fia/ ajuda-o per que vença/ gran braveza e perfia.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): Pedro Lourenço, a painter in the service of the King [Alfonso X]

A man trusted in the Virgin and painted her books very well. He was so skilled that he surpassed all others in painting.

Once he painted a very beautiful image of the Virgin, and the King promised to reward him with an estate or some other thing.

The painter asked him if he could have a half share in a scribe’s post in Villa-Real.

The King granted his request, but a man in the chancery, a clerk in charge of the seals, held up the paperwork for about fifteen days. When the King heard about this, he threatened to punish the clerk and ordered the contract to be drafted without further delay.

Nevertheless, the clerk would not do it, because he was a friend of the man who held the other half of the post [in Villa-Real]. The chancery officials procrastinated, despite the King’s demands.

Pedro Lourenço prayed to Santa Maria do Porto. He promised to give her 200 maravedís if he won the contract. As soon as he had made this promise, the King punished the notary, and Pedro Lourenço received his contract and went on his way.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
book (of Virgin Mary, painted), chancery, clerk, contract, craftsman, image (of Virgin Mary), king, kissing, money (offering of), painter, scribe, seal, coins
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Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
Las Cantigas CCCLXXV y CCCLVII [sic] de Alfonso el Sabio. Anotaciones históricas, filológicas y artísticas
Hernández Serna, Joaquín
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
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Biografía
Pérez Algar, Félix
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
La cultura murciana en el reinado de Alfonso X
Torres Fontes, Juan
La cultura murciana en el reinado de Alfonso X
Torres Fontes, Juan