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CSM Number : 89
Short name: The Jewish Woman who was Helped in Childbirth Alternative: Jewess Helped in Childbirth
Incipit: A Madre de Deus onrrada/ chega sen tardada
Refrain: A Madre de Deus onrrada/ chega sen tardada/ u é con fe chamada.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a pregnant Jewish woman

A Jewish woman went into labour, but could not deliver her baby.

No medicine was effective and she lay in agony, crying and moaning.

She saw a great light, and a voice advised her to call on the Virgin.

She prayed to the Virgin, recovered her health and delivered a son.

Hearing her prayers, her Jewish attendants rebuked her and fled from the house.

After thirty days, the woman went to the church. She was baptised along with her newborn son and her daughter.

Metrical data
Stanza: 6' 8' 6' 8' 7' 5' 6' Refrain: 7' 5' 6'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AAA | bcbccaa Zejel:
MS locations:
T89, E89, ToAppendix 12
Poncelet reference
Legitur in Mariali magno quod fuit quaedam Iudaea, quae in partu laborans mortem (975)
apostasy, baptism, childbirth, conversion, heresy, Jews, light (celestial), pregnancy, Saint Cecilia
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Miracle Collection
Jewess Helped in Childbirth Vincent de Beauvais
Jewess Helped in Childbirth John of Garland
Jewess Helped in Childbirth Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
Jewess Helped in Childbirth Jean Gobi
Jewess Helped in Childbirth Johannes Herolt
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Patton, Pamela A.
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Scarborough, Connie, L.
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Teensma, B. N.