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CSM Number : 82
Short name: The Demon Swine Alternative: Demon-Swine
Incipit: A Santa Maria mui bon servir faz
Refrain: A Santa Maria mui bon servir faz/ pois o poder ela do demo desfaz.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Canterbury Protagonist(s): a monk

A good monk of Canterbury lay in his bed. He saw devils, in the form of pigs, approaching him.

Terrified, he bid them to flee.

Then he saw a black man who told the pigs to gather round and disturb his sleep. The pigs agreed to do so, but said that they could not harm the monk because of his saintliness.

The devil bragged that he could harm the monk with his pitchforks, even though the latter was “wearing a frock.”

The friar, hearing this, called on the Virgin who came to his aid. She rebuked the devil’s gang, shaking a stick at them and ordering them to return to hell with their evil king.

The demons vanished like smoke. The Virgin comforted the friar, telling him that she was pleased with his conduct and advising him to follow all the rules of his Order.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T82, E82, ToAppendix 05
Poncelet reference
Cuidam fratri Cartusiensi in cella sua nocte iacenti, sed adhuc (243)
apparition, devils, invincibility , monks, swine
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Miracle Collection
Demon-Swine Vincent de Beauvais
Demon-Swine Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Demon-Swine Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
Demon-Swine BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
Demon-Swine Jean Gobi
Demon-Swine Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
The Oxford Book of Portuguese Verse
Bell, Aubrey F. G.
Collection, Composition, and Compilation in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen, & Deirdre Jackson
Antologia da poesia portuguesa, vol. I: séculos XII-XVI
Pinheiro Torres, Alexandre
Os afazeres do demónio nas Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X
Rodrigues, Maria Idalina Resina