CSM Cantiga 346 Lyrics: Com' a grand' enfermidade

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Com' a grand' enfermidade
Cantiga 346: Com' a grand' enfermidade
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Como Santa María guariu ũa mollér d' Estremoz do braço e da garganta que ll' inchara.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra, 7' | 7' A
2 assí quen guareç' a Virgen | é guarid' en pouca d' óra. 7' | 7' A
 
  Stanza I     
3 Onde desta razôn grande | miragre contar vos quéro 7' | 7' b
4 que fezo Santa María, | a Madre do gran Déus véro 7' | 7' b
5 que no día do joízo | verrá mui brav' e mui féro 7' | 7' b
6 e juïgará o mundo | tod' en mui pequena óra. 7' | 7' A
  Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra...    
 
  Stanza II     
7 En Estremoz, ũa vila | de Portugal, foi aquisto 7' | 7' b
8 que guariu ũa enferma | a Madr' onde Jesú-Cristo 7' | 7' b
9 naceu por salvar o mundo, | que foi connosçud' e visto, 7' | 7' b
10 ond' o sól, quand' el pres mórte, | tornou mais negro ca móra. 7' | 7' A
  Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/346
 
  Stanza III     
11 Aquesta mollér manceba | éra e grand' e fremosa, 7' | 7' b
12 mais ũa enfermidade | ouve mui perigoosa; 7' | 7' b
13 ca o braço ll' inchou tanto, | de que foi mui temerosa 7' | 7' b
14 de o perder e o córpo. | Mais a inchaçôn foi fóra, 7' | 7' A
  Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra...    
 
  Stanza IV     
15 E en mui pequeno tempo | foi o braço tan inchado 7' | 7' b
16 que mais seer non podía, | e vermell' e ampolado 7' | 7' b
17 muit' e de maa maneira; | e sól carne nen pescado 7' | 7' b
18 non comía, nen al nada. | Mais aquela que sempr' óra 7' | 7' A
  Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra...    
 
  Stanza V     
19 A Déus, s' amercẽou dela; | ca, pois foi ena eigreja 7' | 7' b
20 súa, a que a levaron, | lóg' a que bẽeita seja 7' | 7' b
21 a guariü ben daquela | enfermidade sobeja CSM 346:21The word guariu shows another example of the common diaeresis in 3sg preterite verb forms. In this case the musical result is very good, as the extra syllable falls on a single punctum. 7' | 7' b .o
22 por mostrar a sa vertude | que muito tóste lavóra. CSM 346:22Diaeresis in mui is a possible solution here (cf. CSM 139:23), but it isn't as convincing musically as the case in the previous line. Instead I have substituted the longer form muito, as suggested by both [JMMS] and the draft version (as of 5th November 2012) at the Oxford CSM Database; the latter suggests that mui toste is a 'reduction' of muito toste, presumably meaning an accidental omission of the repeated syllable to. 7' | 7' A
  Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/346
 
  Stanza VI     
23 Quand' esto viron as gentes, | déron loores grãadas 7' | 7' b
24 aa Virgen grorïosa, | a que sempre sejan dadas, 7' | 7' b
25 que as pórtas do inférno | ten por nóss' amor sarradas 7' | 7' b
26 e o dém' avezimao | eno avisso ancóra. 7' | 7' A
  Com' a grand' enfermidade | en sãar muito demóra...    
 

Footnotes

Line 21:

The word guariu shows another example of the common diaeresis in 3sg preterite verb forms. In this case the musical result is very good, as the extra syllable falls on a single punctum.

Line 22:

Diaeresis in mui is a possible solution here (cf. CSM 139:23), but it isn't as convincing musically as the case in the previous line. Instead I have substituted the longer form muito, as suggested by both [JMMS] and the draft version (as of 5th November 2012) at the Oxford CSM Database; the latter suggests that mui toste is a 'reduction' of muito toste, presumably meaning an accidental omission of the repeated syllable to.

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Manuscript references

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

[E]346viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/617small.htmlExternal link

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 346http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=346

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Metrical summary

Refrain

7' | 7'  7' | 7'

Stanzas

7' | 7'  7' | 7'  7' | 7'  7' | 7'

Rhyme

AA / bbbA
 RIIIIIIIVVVI
Aɔɾa
b ɛɾoistoozaadoeʤaadas

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow5012:09
Slow1006:04
Medium1504:03
Fast2003:02
Very fast2502:25

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: 608