CSM Cantiga 109 Lyrics: Razôn an os dïabos de fogir Cantiga 109This Cantiga is quite unique in that the [E] and [T] versions have distinct metrical structures, both equally good. The version here is from [E] (and fits the music in Elmes' edition). In [T], by contrast, all of the nine-syllable lines here have ten syllables instead, with consistently modified wording. For example, the first stanza begins Gran dereito fazen de ss' ir perder // ant' aquela de que Deus quis nacer; the second begins Dest' un miragre vos quero contar // que fez a Virgen que non ouve par; and so on. Unfortunately, however, the music in [T] is exactly the same as the music in [E], and therefore it doesn't actually fit the extra syllables (see the facsimile link on the Resources tab).

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Razôn an os dïabos de fogir
Cantiga 109: Razôn an os dïabos de fogir
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Epigraph  

Como Santa María livrou un óme de cinco dïáboos que o querían levar e matar.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Razôn an os dïabos de fogir 10  A
2 ant' a Virgen que a Déus foi parir. 10  A
 
  Stanza I     
3 Dereito fazen de s' ir perder 9  b
4 ant' a de que Déus quiso nacer; 9  b
5 ca per ela perderon séu poder 10  b
6 de guisa que nos non póden nozir. 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
 
  Stanza II     
7 Dest' un miragre quéro contar 9  b
8 que fez a Virgen que non á par 9  b
9 nen averá mentr' o mundo durar, 10  b
10 esto vos pósso jurar sen mentir. 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
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  Stanza III     
11 O miragre foi en tal razôn: 9  b
12 cinco dïabos ũa sazôn 9  b
13 s' assũaron e fillaron entôn 10  b
14 todos un óme polo mal bailir. 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
 
  Stanza IV     
15 Pera Salas en caminn' entrou; 9  b
16 quand' a vista do logar chegou, 9  b
17 essa companna assí s' espantou 10  b
18 que o non leixaron adeant' ir 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
 
  Stanza V     
19 Aquel óme, segund' aprendí, 9  b
20 ta que dous frades vẽéron i 9  b
21 mẽores, que o levaron dalí 10  b
22 aa eigreja lógo sen falir, 10  A
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  Stanza VI     
23 Querelando-se, com' apres' ei, 9  b
24 os démões da Madre do Rei 9  b
25 dos Céos en como vos éu direi: 10  b
26 “Esta nos fará dest' óme partir.” 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
 
  Stanza VII     
27 Un judéu os conjurou por Déus 9  b
28 que disséssen porque os judéus 9  b
29 non fillavan. Diss' un démo: “Ca méus 10  b
30 sodes e punnades de me servir. 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
 
  Stanza VIII     
31 Por esto non vos fazemos mal, 9  b
32 ca sodes todos nóssos sen al; 9  b
33 mai-los que do batismo o sinal 10  b
34 tragen, aqueles imos percodir.” 10  A
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  Stanza IX     
35 Esto dito, fogiu o judéu; 9  b
36 mai-los dïabos, com' aprix éu, 9  b
37 cada un deles lógo sinal déu 10  b
38 quando ouvéron do óm' a saír. 10  A
  Razôn an os dïabos de fogir...    
 
  Stanza X     
39 Desto déron todos gran loor 9  b
40 a Santa María, que sabor 9  b
41 á de valer sempr' ao pecador 10  b
42 e d' os dïabos sempre destroír. 10  A
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Footnotes

This Cantiga is quite unique in that the [E] and [T] versions have distinct metrical structures, both equally good. The version here is from [E] (and fits the music in Elmes' edition). In [T], by contrast, all of the nine-syllable lines here have ten syllables instead, with consistently modified wording. For example, the first stanza begins Gran dereito fazen de ss' ir perder // ant' aquela de que Deus quis nacer; the second begins Dest' un miragre vos quero contar // que fez a Virgen que non ouve par; and so on. Unfortunately, however, the music in [T] is exactly the same as the music in [E], and therefore it doesn't actually fit the extra syllables (see the facsimile link on the Resources tab).

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Footnotes

E1:

For the reprise of the refrain, the [E] scribe started writing out the stanza melody instead of the refrain melody. This is obviously an error, since (a) it has no precedent and (b) the refrain is two syllables longer than would fit that part of the melody anyway; hence my correction here.

Manuscript references

External links marked are to facsimiles on Greg Lindahl's Cantigas de Santa Maria website.

[E]109viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/230small.htmlExternal link
[T]109viewhttp://www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/img/CSM109.jpg

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 109http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=109

Links to the Oxford database are provided with the kind permission of the project team. When planning a concert or recording, I would recommend that you use (and credit) my more pragmatic texts and supporting materials in the preparation of your performance, but that you request permission from the Oxford database team to reproduce (and credit) their own critically edited texts in your programme or liner notes, as these adhere to stricter criteria that keep them closer to the original sources, and undoubtedly have the greater academic authority.

Metrical summary

Refrain

10  10

Stanzas

9  9  10  10

Rhyme

AA / bbbA
 RIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXX
A
b ou̯iei̯ɛu̯salɛu̯

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow5012:00
Slow1006:00
Medium1504:00
Fast2003:00
Very fast2502:23

These are very approximate total times for a full sung (or spoken) performance of all stanzas with all repeats of the refrain. Note that the speed is in average syllables per minute, and no particular mensural interpretation is assumed. More ornamented music will reduce the syllabic speed considerably. Remember also to add time for instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes.

Total syllables: 600