Cantiga 188 of the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X

The Image that was Found in a Young Girl’s Heart
A young woman loved the Virgin with all her heart.
She was so devoted to Mary that she rejected worldly affairs and she fasted so strictly that she fell ill.
She lay in bed for a month without eating or drinking. If anyone mentioned the Virgin’s name, she raised her hand to her heart.
The young woman died, and her parents, thinking that she had been poisoned, had an autopsy performed.
They found an image of the Virgin inside her heart.
All the people praised Holy Mary.
Source: The Parchment Of The Sky: Poiesis Of A Gothic Universe By Francisco Prado-Vilar


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