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CSM Number : 393
Short name: The Rabid Boy Alternative: Rabid boy is healed
Incipit: Macar é door a ravia
Refrain: Macar é door a ravia/ maravillosa e forte/ aginna a toll’ a Madre/ do que ena cruz pres morte.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): a boy with rabies

A man from Arcos brought his rabid grandson to Santa Maria do Porto. Both he and the boy were named Alfonso.

They arrived there on the first day of April and went to the church, hoping that the Virgin would cure the boy.

He had such a bad case of rabies that he writhed violently and could not drink anything offered to him. He stayed like this for four days, more dead than alive.

However, the very first night that he held a vigil in the church, his condition rapidly improved and he was able to drink water.

He was cured from then on.

When his grandfather, don Alfonso, was convinced of the boy’s cure, he and the others there raised their hands toward heaven and praised the Virgin for the miracle.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
children, pilgrimage, rabies, vigil, water, wine, grandfather, grandson, appetite (loss of) , bile
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Poesía de santuarios
Filgueira Valverde, José
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