Cantiga 142 of the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X

The Huntsman who was Rescued from Drowning
   King don Alfonso and his men were hunting on the banks of the Henares River.
   One of his falcons injured a heron and broke its wing. The heron fell into the river.
   The dogs could not retrieve the bird because the current was too swift.
   One of the King's men jumped into the river to fetch the bird and was swept under the water. He was repeatedly submerged, but he called on the Virgin. The King assured his men, who were also beseeching the Virgin, that she would save the man.
   The man emerged from the river carrying the heron.
   He presented the bird to King Alfonso who blessed the Virgin for the miracle.
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