CSM Cantiga 203 Lyrics: Quen polo amor de Santa

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Quen polo amor de Santa
Cantiga 203: Quen polo amor de Santa
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Como Santa María acrecentou a farinna a ũa bõa mollér porque a dava de grado por séu amor.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Quen polo amor de Santa | María do séu fezér 7' | 7  A
2 algún ben, dar-vo-ll-á ela | que dé, se o non tevér. 7' | 7  A
 
  Stanza I     
3 Por esto dev' óme sempre | a servir e a guardar 7' | 7  b
4 a Virgen Santa María | e no séu ben confïar; 7' | 7  b
5 ca vos direi un miragre | que quis pouqu' i á mostrar 7' | 7  b
6 a ũa súa amiga | que éra santa mollér. 7' | 7  A
  Quen polo amor de Santa | María do séu fezér...    
 
  Stanza II     
7 En servir Déus e os santos | avía mui gran sabor, 7' | 7  b
8 e séu tempo despendía | en servir Nóstro Sennor; 7' | 7  b
9 e se ll' os póbres pedían | esmólna polo amor 7' | 7  b
10 da Virgen Santa María, | lógo lles dava que quér 7' | 7  A
  Quen polo amor de Santa | María do séu fezér...    
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  Stanza III     
11 Que tevésse. En sa casa | un día estand' assí, 7' | 7  b
12 muitos póbres vergonnosos | pedir vẽéron alí, 7' | 7  b
13 e déu-lles ũa grand' arca | de farinna chẽa i; 7' | 7  b
14 disséron: “Santa María | vos dé ben, se ll' aprouguér.” 7' | 7  A
  Quen polo amor de Santa | María do séu fezér...    
 
  Stanza IV     
15 A cabo dũa gran péça | outra companna chegou 7' | 7  b
16 de póbres, e ouve dóo | deles grande e chamou 7' | 7  b
17 ante si ũa sa filla | e disso: “Se i ficou 7' | 7  b
18 ja que pouca de farinna, | dade-ll' a que i ouvér.” 7' | 7  A
  Quen polo amor de Santa | María do séu fezér...    
 
  Stanza V     
19 A filla entôn lle disso: | “Con mia mão varrí ja 7' | 7  b
20 a arca.” E diss' a madre: | “Ar ide pero alá.” 7' | 7  b
21 E foi e achou-a chẽa | de farinna ben atá 7' | 7  b
22 na cima, e déu-lles dela | quanto lles ouve mestér. 7' | 7  A
  Quen polo amor de Santa | María do séu fezér...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/203
 
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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 203http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=203

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Metrical summary

Refrain

7' | 7  7' | 7

Stanzas

7' | 7  7' | 7  7' | 7  7' | 7

Rhyme

AA / bbbA
 RIIIIIIIVV
Aɛɾ
b iou̯a

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow509:35
Slow1004:47
Medium1503:12
Fast2002:23
Very fast2501:55

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: 480