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CSM Number : 58
Short name: The Nun who was Shown the Mouth of Hell Alternative: Mouth of Hell Shown to Nun
Incipit: De muitas guisas nos guarda de mal
Refrain: De muitas guisas nos guarda de mal/ Santa Maria, tan muit’ é leal
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a nun

A nun was very devoted to the Virgin. Nevertheless, the devil tempted her to fall in love with a knight. The nun decided to run away with him.

After agreeing to elope with the knight, the nun fell asleep and had a vision.

The devil led her to a chasm and tried to throw her in. She saw throngs of people being tormented in hell.

The nun prayed to the Virgin to deliver her. Mary appeared and scolded her, telling her to call instead on the knight.

The devil pulled the nun into the pit, but the Virgin rescued her.

When she awoke, the nun resolved stay at the convent for her entire life and told the knight to go away.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 15
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T58, E58, To73
Poncelet reference
Fuit quaedam monialis pulchra et levis corde, quae propulsata (607)
apparition, convent, devils, elope, hell, knight, nun, vision
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Miracle Collection
Nun Tempted to Elope [sees pit of serpents] BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Mouth of Hell Shown to Nun John of Garland
Mouth of Hell Shown to Nun Gautier de Coinci
Nun Tempted to Elope [sees pit of serpents] Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
La fama del santuario de Salas en lo antiguo
Arco, Ricardo del
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Cotarelo y Valledor, Armando
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Itinéraire espagnol du conte médiéval (VIIIs-XVs)
Marsan, Rameline E.
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
La pecadora penitente en el teatro español: Sus fuentes y evolución
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.