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CSM Number : 73
Short name: The Stained Chasuble Alternative: The Stained Corporale
Incipit: Ben pod’ as cousas feas fremosas tornar
Refrain: Ben pod’ as cousas feas fremosas tornar/ a que pod’ os pecados das almas lavar.
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Setting: Clusa [the Benedictine abbey of Sagra di San Michele, near Chiusa di San Michele, near Turin, Italy]. Protagonist(s): the treasurer of a monastery in Clusa

The treasurer of a large monastery at Clusa loved and served the Virgin.

One Christmas, he went to place a white chasuble on the altar. He had the chasuble in one hand, and some sacramental wine in the other.

He stumbled, spilling the deep, red wine on the chasuble.

He was dismayed and terrified of what the abbot and the other monks would think.

As he was weeping, the Virgin removed the stain from the chasuble.

Everyone who heard of the miracle praised the Virgin, and pilgrims came to venerate the chasuble.

Metrical data
Stanza: 12 12 12 12 Refrain: 12 12
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T73, E73, To89
Poncelet reference
Cum (al. Dum) missa celebraretur dumque sanctus (287)
Benedictines, chasuble, corporal, mass, Nativity of Jesus Christ (feast of), pilgrimage, spill, stain, treasurer, wine
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Miracle Collection
Stained Corporal Pez
Stained Corporal Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
Stained Corporal Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
The Stained Corporale BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Stained Corporal Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Stained Corporal William of Malmesbury
Stained Corporal Adgar
(London, BL, Egerton 612)
Stained Corporal BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
The Stained Corporale Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Stained Corporal Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
The Stained Corporale Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
The Stained Corporale BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
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Billiet, Frédéric
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Dexter, Elise Forsythe
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Disalvo, Santiago and Germán Rossi
As festas do tempo nos cancioneiros galego-portugueses, lección inaugural do Curso Académico do ano 1978
Filgueira Valverde, José
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
The Common Melodic Background of ’Ondas do mar de Vigo’ and Cantiga 73
Huseby, Gerardo Víctor
Estudio histórico-musical [de las Cantigas de Santa Maria]
Llorens Cistero, José María
Doing lines: refrains and copyists in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
De música y métrica gallegas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián