CSM Cantiga 254 Lyrics: O nome da Virgen santa atán muit' é temoroso

Standard spelling
O nome da Virgen santa atán muit' é temoroso
Cantiga 254: O nome da Virgen santa atán muit' é temoroso
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Como dous monges que saíron da orden foron livres dos dïabos polo nome de Santa María que ementaron.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 O nome da Virgen santa | atán muit' é temoroso, 7' | 7' A
2 que quand' o oe o démo | pérde séu poder astroso. 7' | 7' A
  Stanza I     
3 E dest' avẽo en França | un gran miragre provado, 7' | 7' b
4 que mostrou Santa María, | ond' haja ela bon grado; 7' | 7' b
5 e porend' ontr' estes outros | miragres será contado, 7' | 7' b
6 porque sei que o terredes | por bõo e por fremoso. 7' | 7' A
  O nome da Virgen santa | atán muit' é temoroso...    
  Stanza II     
7 Dous monges foi que saíron | un día dun mõesteiro 7' | 7' b
8 pora haveren conórte | do grand' afán e marteiro 7' | 7' b
9 que segund' ôrdin sofrían; | e tod' un día enteiro 7' | 7' b
10 andaron riba dun río, | ca éra logar viçoso, 7' | 7' A
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
  Stanza III     
11 dizendo paravlas loucas, | maas e desordinnadas, 7' | 7' b
12 e andavan-se jogand' a | couces e a empeladas; 7' | 7' b
13 e hóras e orações | ja havían obridadas, 7' | 7' b
14 e en serviço do démo | cada un ér' aguçoso. 7' | 7' A
  O nome da Virgen santa | atán muit' é temoroso...    
  Stanza IV     
15 E eles assí andando, | pelo río vĩir viron 7' | 7' b
16 ũa barqueta pequena | con hómes, e dentr' oíron 7' | 7' b
17 que muit' entre si falavan; | e pois tod' esto cousiron, 7' | 7' b
18 preguntaron-lles: “Quen sodes?” | Diss' un deles mui sannoso: 7' | 7' A
  Stanza V     
19 “Macar hómes semellamos, | dïabos somos sen falla, 7' | 7' b
20 que alma d' Ebrôn levamos, | un alguazil, sen baralla.” 7' | 7' b
21 Disséron entôn os monges: | “Santa María nos valla 7' | 7' b
22 e livre de vóssas mãos | con séu Fillo grorïoso.” 7' | 7' A
  O nome da Virgen santa | atán muit' é temoroso...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
  Stanza VI     
23 Os dïabos responderon: | “Mestér vos foi que chamastes 7' | 7' b
24 o nome da Virgen santa | e que vós en el fïastes; 7' | 7' b
25 ca se por esto non fosse, | porque vós desemparastes 7' | 7' b
26 o mõesteiro, conósco | forades a tẽevroso 7' | 7' A
  Stanza VII     
27 logar, en que muitas cuitas | sofren os que i entraron.” 7' | 7' b
28 Quand' est' oíron os monges, | mantenente se tornaron 7' | 7' b
29 a séu mõesteir' e lógo | mui ben se mãefestaron, 7' | 7' b
30 e de Déus perdôn houvéron, | que é Sennor pïadoso. 7' | 7' A
  O nome da Virgen santa | atán muit' é temoroso...    
Standard spelling  



In this line and the next there is one individual note or ligature too many for the syllable count. However, from comparison with the following phrase in each case, this is obviously the right place for the correction, as is E3 in the next line. Either .oso (as on provado) or .owo (on bon grado) would do fine as replacement shapes, but I've picked the former in each case.


The start of this stave is a complete mess in the manuscript. What appears to have happened is that the music scribe accidentally skipped the second line of the stanza and started writing the music for the vuelta at this point, which accounts for the C-clef on the second stave line and the four lower-pitched elements .o + .o + .on + .owo. Having realized the mistake, the scribe then made a bodged attempt to correct it, trying to reuse the .on and .owo by crossing out the stem on the former and the first note of the latter, adding a clef lower down and writing in another virga .on after the first one, though it should have been a punctum .o, and then failing to add a virga stem to the remainder of the .owo. Why the unwanted bits were then just left there for posterity rather than scraped away cleanly is anybody's guess.


See E1.

Manuscript references

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

[E]254viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/459small.htmlExternal link

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 254http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=254

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Metrical summary


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AA / bbbA
b adoei̯ɾoadasiɾoŋaʎaastesaɾoŋ

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow5014:04
Very fast2502:48

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: 704