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CSM Number : 98
Short name: The Sinful Woman who could not Enter a Church Alternative: Woman cannot enter church (Vauvert)
Incipit: Non dev’ a Santa Maria/ mercee pedir
Refrain: Non dev’ a Santa Maria/ mercee pedir/ aquel que de seus pecados/ non se repentir.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Vauvert Protagonist(s): a sinful woman

A woman of Vauvert committed a grave sin, but felt no guilt.

The Virgin, therefore, would not allow her to enter the church.

The woman tried to open the doors, but could not, although other people were entering unhindered.

The woman wept, and scratched her cheeks in grief. She begged the Virgin to allow her to enter.

After she had pleaded and confessed her sin, the doors opened and she entered.

She spent the rest of her life serving the Virgin and she never left the church.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 13 13 Refrain: 13 13
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T98, E98, To94
Poncelet reference
canonical hours, confession (see also repentance), doors (opening of) , entrance (barred)
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Alfonso X el Sabio and others
The Early Seguidilla
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
La Poésie lyrique espagnole et portugaise à la fin du Moyen Âge
Le Gentil, Pierre
La pecadora penitente en el teatro español: Sus fuentes y evolución
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco