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CSM Number : 79
Short name: Musa, the Girl Taken to Paradise Alternative: Musa
Incipit: Ai Santa Maria, | quen se per vos guia
Refrain: Ai Santa Maria | quen se per vos guia/ quit’ é de folia | e sempre faz ben.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a girl named Musa

A pretty girl named Musa was carefree and merry.

The Virgin appeared to her in a dream with a host of beautiful maidens.

Musa wanted to go with them, but the Virgin chided her. She told her that if she quit behaving so frivolously she could join them in thirty days.

Musa began behaving sedately. When her parents questioned her, she told them about the vision.

Musa was stricken with a fever.

At the appointed time, she died and the Virgin came to fetch her.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’(6) 5’] 5 Refrain: 11 [5’ 5’] 11 [5’ 5]
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AB | cccb Zejel:
MS locations:
T79, E79, To42
Poncelet reference
Beata virgo Maria cuidam puellae apparuit cum chorea (137)
apparition, children, death (foretold), dream, fever, frivolity, illness, Saints (other), vision
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Miracle Collection
Musa Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
Musa BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Musa Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Musa William of Malmesbury
Musa Adgar
(London, BL, Egerton 612)
Musa BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
Musa Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Musa Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Musa Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Musa Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
Musa Pseudo-Caesarius
Musa Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Musa Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
The Oxford Book of Portuguese Verse
Bell, Aubrey F. G.
Contributo allo studio della letteratura miracolistica
Bertolucci Pizzorusso, Valeria
Mecanismos de envolvimento da instância autoral nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Bittencourt, Vanda de Oliveira
Alonso X and the Birth of Spanish Literature
Blake, Mary E.
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
A Preliminary Bibliography of Medieval Galician-Portuguese Poetry in English Translation
Longland, Jean R.
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Antologia da poesia portuguesa, vol. I: séculos XII-XVI
Pinheiro Torres, Alexandre
Cantiga de Santa Maria
Thornton, Seth G.
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.