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CSM Number : 56
Short name: The Monk who Recited Five Psalms Daily Alternative: Five Psalms with the Initials MARIA
Incipit: Gran dereit’ é de seer/ seu miragre mui fremoso
Refrain: Gran dereit’ é de seer/ seu miragre mui fremoso/ da Virgen, de que nacer/ quis por nos Deus grorioso.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): an ignorant monk

A monk could not read very well, but was devoted to the Virgin.

He always recited five hymns: the Magnificat; Ad Dominum; In convertendo; Ad te; and Retribue servo tuo.

He selected these five because the first letters of the songs represented the five letters in the name Maria.

He repeated these hymns daily in front of an altar and repented of his sins.

He did this his whole life, and when he died, a bush with five roses emerged from his mouth.

It bloomed because he had praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7' Refrain: 7 7' 7 7'
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | acacacab Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T56, E56, To71
Poncelet reference
Fuit in ecclesia B. Dei genetricis Mariae, quae est Dolo monast. (578)
hymn, In convertendo (singing of hymn), Magnificat (singing of hymn), Retribue servo tuo (singing of hymn), roses, Ad Dominum (singing of hymn), Ad te (singing of hymn)
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Miracle Collection
Five Psalms with the Initials MARIA Gautier de Coinci
Five Psalms with the Initials MARIA Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
Antología de prosa y verso. Versión moderna, introducción, notas y vocabulario de Alfredo Eduardo Fraschini
Alfonso el Sabio
Alfonso X
Obras de Alfonso X (Selección)
Alfonso X
Cantigas de Santa Maria — El Cantar de los cantares — Sonetos — Coplas que hizo por la muerte de su padre D. Rodrigo
Alfonso X el Sabio and others
La fama del santuario de Salas en lo antiguo
Arco, Ricardo del
España en su historia: cristianos, moros y judíos
Castro, Américo
Imágenes de la Virgen en los códices medievales de España
Delclaux, Federico
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
La cultura monástica en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X: pervivencia, adopción y reelaboración
Disalvo, Santiago
Musical Analysis and Poetic Structure in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Huseby, Gerardo Víctor
El rey Alfonso y las Cantigas de Santa María (Conferencia leída en el Centro Gallego el 7 de diciembre de 1929)
Ibarbourou, Juana de
Cantigas de Santa Maria e cancioneiros galaico-portugueses
Martins, Mário
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Cantigas de Alfonso X, el Sabio
Moreno Galván, José M.
Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain
Patton, Pamela A.
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología
Solalinde, Antonio G.