CSM Cantiga 3 Lyrics: Mais nos faz Santa María

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Mais nos faz Santa María
Cantiga 3: Mais nos faz Santa María
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Esta é como Santa María fez cobrar a Teófilo a carta que fezéra cono démo, u se tornou séu vassalo.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 Mais nos faz Santa María 7' A
2 a séu Fillo perdõar, 7  B
3 que nós per nóssa folía 7' A
4 ll' imos falir e errar. 7  B
  Stanza I     
5 Por ela nos perdõou 7  c
6 Déus o pecado d' Adán 7  d
7 da maçãa que gostou, 7  c
8 per que sofreu muit' afán 7  d
9 e no inférno entrou; 7  c
10 mais a do mui bon talán 7  d
11 tant' a séu Fillo rogou, 7  c
12 que o foi end' el sacar. 7  B
  Mais nos faz Santa María...    
  Stanza II     
13 Pois ar fez perdôn aver 7  c
14 a Teófilo, un séu 7  d
15 sérvo, que fora fazer 7  c
16 per conssello dun judéu 7  d
17 carta por gãar poder 7  c
18 cono démo, e lla déu; 7  d
19 e fez-ll' en Déus descreer, 7  c
20 des i a ela negar. 7  B
  Mais nos faz Santa María...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
  Stanza III     
21 Pois Teófilo assí 7  c
22 fez aquesta traïçôn, 7  d
23 per quant' end' éu aprendí, 7  c
24 foi do démo gran sazôn; 7  d
25 mais depois, segund' oí, 7  c
26 repentiu-s' e foi perdôn 7  d
27 pedir lógo, ben alí 7  c
28 u pecador sól achar. 7  B
  Mais nos faz Santa María...    
  Stanza IV     
29 Chorando dos ollos séus 7  c
30 muito, foi perdôn pedir, 7  d
31 u viu da Madre de Déus 7  c
32 a omagen; sen falir 7  d
33 lle diss': “Os pecados méus 7  c
34 son tan muitos, sen mentir, 7  d
35 que, se non per rógos téus, 7  c
36 non póss' éu perdôn gãar.” 7  B
  Mais nos faz Santa María...    
  Stanza V     
37 Teófilo dessa vez 7  c
38 chorou tant' e non fez al, 7  d
39 trões u a que de prez 7  c
40 todas outras donas val, 7  d
41 ao démo mais ca pez 7  c
42 negro do fógu' infernal 7  d
43 a carta trager-lle fez, 7  c
44 e déu-lla ant' o altar. 7  B
  Mais nos faz Santa María...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
Standard spelling  



The word nos is repeated on this stave in the manuscript, but is not assigned another note or ligature.


See E4.


This is a custos indicating the pitch of the note after the page break: these are commonplace in [To] but as far as I am aware this is the only one in [E]. By the way, all the custodes (pl.) in [To] have their stems down, so that's how they are rendered here, even though this one has its stem up in [E].


Compare this odd-looking ligature (for one syllable) with the pair of separate notes at E2 in the refrain.


This line appears very faint in the manuscript facsimile.


The word a is repeated at the start of this stave, but is not assigned a note or ligature.

Manuscript references

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

[E]3viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/057small.htmlExternal link
[To]3view p1http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/To/bob003small.gifExternal link
view p2http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/To/bob004small.gifExternal link

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 3http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=3

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Metrical summary


7'  7  7'  7


7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7


ABAB / cdcdcdcB
c ou̯iɛu̯s
d ɛu̯al

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow509:11
Very fast2501:50

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: 460