Cantiga 34 of the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X

The Desecrated Image of the Virgin
A beautiful image of the Virgin, painted on wood, hung in a street in Constantinople.
One night a Jewish man stole it, threw it down a latrine and defecated on it.
The devil killed him and he went to perdition.
Afterwards, a Christian retrieved the image. It gave off a very sweet fragrance, better than spices from “Ultramar”, balsam or unguent
The Christian washed it, set it up in his house, and made offerings to it for his salvation.
The image emitted a substance like oil to serve as a testimony of this event.


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