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CSM Number : 407
Short name: The Man Blinded for his Blasphemy Alternative: Poor Man Strikes Stone
Incipit: Como o demo cofonder
Refrain: Como o demo cofonder/ nos quer acorrer/ Santa Maria e valer/ e del defender.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a blaspheming man

A man stubbed his toe on a rock and began to moan and disparage his faith.

He blamed the devil for putting the rock in his path. Raging, he said that since the devil was so powerful, he would serve him rather than God.

As soon as he had said this, the man was blinded and paralysed. He fell to the ground in great pain and could not get up.

The man’s relatives carried him home and laid him in his bed. He lay there for a long time, praying to God to pardon his sins.

On Easter, when the bell for matins was sounding, a lady appeared to him. She told him that he would be cured if he had himself placed before her altar.

He had himself taken there straightaway, and was cured by the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 7 Refrain: 8 5 8 5
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AAAA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
ToAppendix 12b
Poncelet reference
Quidam grossus et iracundus homo cum quadam die per villam (1400)
apparition, blasphemy, blindness, Easter, feast day, matins, paralysis, stone, tears, toe, anger, bell
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Miracle Collection
Poor Man Strikes Stone Vincent de Beauvais
Poor Man Strikes Stone BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Poor Man Strikes Stone Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Blasphemer Punished [man strikes foot on stone] Johannes Herolt
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
A estrutura métrico-rimática da cantiga 100 das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
A estructura métrica de algunas das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
Questões de estructura estrófica nas Cantigas de Santa Maria: estructuras múltiplas, assimetrias e continuações inconsistentes
Parkinson, Stephen