CSM Cantiga 138 Lyrics: Quen a Santa María de coraçôn

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Quen a Santa María de coraçôn
Cantiga 138: Quen a Santa María de coraçôn
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Como San Joán Boca-d' Ouro, porque loava a Santa María, tiraron-ll' os ollos e foi esterrado e deitado do patrïarcado; e depois fez-lle Santa María aver ollos, e cobrou per ela sa dinidade.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Quen a Santa María de coraçôn 11  A
2 rogar, oír-ll-á ela sa oraçôn. 11  A
 
  Stanza I     
3 Ca o que a de voontade rogar 11  b
4 e mui de coraçôn en ela fïar, 11  b
5 se ll' algo pedir assí ou demandar, 11  b
6 dar-llo-á, que sól non lle dirá de non. 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza II     
7 E dest' un miragre, per com' éu oí, 11  b
8 dizer-vos quér' óra e contar aquí, 11  b
9 que Santa María fez, com' aprendí, 11  b
10 por Joán Boca-d' Ouro, nóbre barôn, 11  A
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  Stanza III     
11 Que disse muito ben dela e dos séus 11  b
12 feitos e de como foi Madre de Déus; 11  b
13 porend' os gentíis maos e encréus 11  b
14 sacaron-ll' os ollos a gran traïçôn. 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza IV     
15 E ar mandaron-lle que lógo saír 11  b
16 se fosse da térr', e non leixaron ir 11  b
17 null' óme con ele pera o servir, 11  b
18 mas déron-lle pouco pan e un bordôn. 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza V     
19 Pois esto fezéron, fôrono meter 11  b
20 eno caminno que devía tẽer; 11  b
21 e poi-lo leixaron, foi lógu' el torcer 11  b
22 e caeu en un mui gran silvar entôn. 11  A
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  Stanza VI     
23 El alí jazendo espinnado mal, 11  b
24 volvendo-se dentro con coita mortal, 11  b
25 chamou lóg' a Reínna esperital, 11  b
26 a que chaman sempr' os que coitados son, 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza VII     
27 Dizendo: “Sennor, e nembre-te do téu 11  b
28 sérvo cégu' e póbre com' oge jasqu' éu; 11  b
29 mas tu, Sennor, cata o coraçôn méu 11  b
30 e saca-m' óra desta maa prijôn.” 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza VIII     
31 Pois esto dit' ouve, a do bon talán 11  b
32 chegou e tiró-o dalí sen afán 11  b
33 e disse: “Se quéres, lógo veerán 11  b
34 téus ollos tan ben come outra sazôn 11  A
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  Stanza IX     
35 Viron, e ta dinidade averás, 11  b
36 e quanto perdiste todo cobrarás.” 11  b
37 Diss' el: “Sennor, ante mi tu mostrarás 11  b
38 o que mais téu Fillo, se el mi perdôn, 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza X     
39 Amou eno mundo quand' en el naceu.” 11  b
40 Entôn a Virgen d' ant' ele se tolleu; 11  b
41 mais aa outra noite ll' apareceu 11  b
42 con séu Fill' en braços, e viu en vijôn 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza XI     
43 Que pelas tetas, como meninno faz, 11  b
44 tragía sas mãos come a quen praz 11  b
45 de mamá-las; e pois mamava assaz, 11  b
46 beijava sa Madre polo galardôn. 11  A
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  Stanza XII     
47 Quand' esto foi, San Joán entôn cobrou 11  b
48 séus ollos e viu; e lógo o chamou 11  b
49 a Virgen e disse: “Desto se pagou 11  b
50 méu Fillo mais d' al, e con mui gran razôn; 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza XIII     
51 Ca estas tetas lo crïaron tan ben 11  b
52 como a sa carne mui nóbre convên; 11  b
53 e porende as amou mais d' outra ren, 11  b
54 porque destas tetas ouv' el crïaçôn.” 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
 
  Stanza XIV     
55 Pois San Joane todo aquesto viu, CSM 138:55Expanding tod' to its full form todo to make up for the missing metrical syllable in this line is not a particularly satisfying resolution, since the phrase phrase todo aquesto does not appear anywhere else: it is invariably tod' aquesto. However, it is perhaps the least of several evils. Firstly, although diaeresis in viu occurs many times elsewhere, it is of no use here, as it would break the rhyme and scansion: an unstressed final [u] in viü cannot rhyme with the stressed final [iu̯] in faliu and saiu. Diaeresis in pois, on the other hand, is not found elsewhere, and doesn't work well musically in this case. Finally, expanding San to Santo might just about be acceptable, except that the latter form, when it serves as a title, is generally reserved for Santo Tomas (since "San Tomas" might be heard as "santo mas"). 11  b
56 o séu cobrou todo, que ren non faliu; 11  b
57 e depois, quando deste mundo saiu, 11  b
58 sa alma foi i u é San Simeôn. CSM 138:58Again, various resolutions suggested themselves for the missing metrical syllable in this line. Apart from possible diaeresis of foi to two syllables, alternatives include adding the definite article a at the start of the line, giving a sa alma foi, or expanding San to Santo. The resolution I've chosen though is to add the word i after foi, on the model of CSM 259:17 e foron i u lles ela mandou, since the accidental scribal omission of i after the same letter in foi is quite plausible. 11  A
  Quen a Santa María de coraçôn...    
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Footnotes

Line 55:

Expanding tod' to its full form todo to make up for the missing metrical syllable in this line is not a particularly satisfying resolution, since the phrase phrase todo aquesto does not appear anywhere else: it is invariably tod' aquesto. However, it is perhaps the least of several evils. Firstly, although diaeresis in viu occurs many times elsewhere, it is of no use here, as it would break the rhyme and scansion: an unstressed final [u] in viü cannot rhyme with the stressed final [iu̯] in faliu and saiu. Diaeresis in pois, on the other hand, is not found elsewhere, and doesn't work well musically in this case. Finally, expanding San to Santo might just about be acceptable, except that the latter form, when it serves as a title, is generally reserved for Santo Tomas (since "San Tomas" might be heard as "santo mas").

Line 58:

Again, various resolutions suggested themselves for the missing metrical syllable in this line. Apart from possible diaeresis of foi to two syllables, alternatives include adding the definite article a at the start of the line, giving a sa alma foi, or expanding San to Santo. The resolution I've chosen though is to add the word i after foi, on the model of CSM 259:17 e foron i u lles ela mandou, since the accidental scribal omission of i after the same letter in foi is quite plausible.

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Manuscript references

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

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Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 138http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=138

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Metrical summary

Refrain

11  11

Stanzas

11  11  11  11

Rhyme

AA / bbbA
 RIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIV
A
b iɛu̯salɛu̯aseu̯ou̯iu̯

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow5018:55
Slow1009:27
Medium1506:18
Fast2004:43
Very fast2503:47

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: 946