Cantiga 76 of the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X
The Image of the Christ Child that was Held for Ransom
A woman had a son who was a brawler, gambler, and a thief.
A judge found the youth with stolen goods and sent him to the gallows.
The grief-stricken woman went into a church dedicated to the Virgin.
She approached a statue of the Virgin and Child and snatched the infant Christ from his mother’s arms.
She threatened to hold Christ hostage until the Virgin returned her own son alive and well.
The Virgin revived the rogue and he was united with his mother.
The woman returned the statue of Christ and joined a convent.
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