Poems MSS / layout Miracles Keywords Poncelet Bibliography Search

View poem data

For the purposes of the new edition, every poem has been assigned a unique short title. The original short titles, taken eclectically from a number of sources, are retained as alternative short titles.
For new critical texts of the poems, return to the listing page and click on the poem number, or go to the archive of texts .
For epigraphs and layout information click on the appropriate manuscript location.
For information on Latin and vernacular sources of miracle stories follow the links to Miracles and collections. Follow the links to the appropriate pages of Todd McComb and Pierre Roberge's online discography, to the BITAGAP archive, and to linked entries in the Bibliography.
Home Page

Back to list
CSM Number : 383
Short name: The Pilgrim Woman Saved from Drowning Alternative: Pilgrim to Holy Land is saved from drowning
Incipit: O fondo do mar tan chão
Refrain: O fondo do mar tan chão/ faz come a terra dura/ aos seus Santa Maria/ Sennor de mui gran mesura.
Summary of narrative
View Options: (Narrative Miniature Narrative & Miniature Miniature & Caption Narrative, Miniature & Both Captions )
Setting: Sigüenza in Extremadura and Acre Protagonist(s): a female pilgrim

In Sigüenza, a rich bishopric, there was a woman devoted to the Virgin. She often went to the Old Church of Holy Mary there.

Both the woman and her daughter wished to go on pilgrimage to see the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. They hired a guide and set off.

They travelled through many lands, and crossed the sea easily because the winds were favourable. They went to Acre and then to see the sepulchre. After visiting many of places where Christ had walked, they returned to Acre.

They went down to the port and boarded a ship. The daughter went up the ladder first, but her mother, following, fell into the water. As she fell, the woman called on the Virgin of the Old Church in Sigüenza.

The Virgin came to her rescue, led her through the water, and brought her to the surface safely. Everyone who saw this knelt and thanked the Virgin.

On her return, the woman held novenas in the Old Church.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
fall (into sea), novenas, pilgrimage, water (walking on/under), accident, Holy Sepulchre
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Historia del Puerto de Santa María
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito