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Who died before his father was born?
Ans. Abel, or any other of Adam's children.
Of this the following is a more elaborate form.
7. Pwy gâs i eni o flân i dad, fu farw o flân i fam, gâs i
gladdu ym mola 'i famgu?
All languages have a number of these. In many, some of the difficult sounds of the language are brought together for the patriotic purpose of perplexing foreigners. which a succession of guttural aspirates occurs,
Hwch goch fach a chwech o berchyll cochion bach,
is familiar to most of our readers. The following we had given us in childhood by an old shepherd on Epynt in Breconshire. The task is to pronounce it rapidly without any confusion of the sounds:
"Mae gen i ddwy wydd lwyd radlon
Yn pori ar lan yr afon ;
From the same source we derived the following, which resembles the English one, "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, etc". The task was to repeat, nine times without pausing to take breath, the words:
"Barcutan llwyd cwta 'n pigo pypyr o'r cwpa."
As our last sheet was passing through the
press, news came of the great loss the Society, and the whole Welsh people, have sustained in the death of Sir Hugh Owen. As none of his countrymen ever turned to him for sympathy and help in vain, so there are but few who will not feel his removal as a personal loss. A ready and earnest supporter of every philanthropic movement, he laboured with especial zeal and devotion to promote the cause of education in Wales, a cause for which he did more than any other man during the present century. The shortness of time precludes our offering any adequate obituary notice in the present number, but we hope to give in the next a short biographical sketch of one in whom all that had the privilege of knowing him, recognised a true patriot, an enlightened philanthropist, and a consistent Christian.
By permission of Mrs. Stephens, the valuable and interesting work on the Gododin of Aneurin, left in MS. by the late Thomas Stephens, of Merthyr, author of the Literature of the Kymry, will be published by the Society of Cymmrodorion. The Second Part will be issued very shortly.
"TWM SION CATTI."
WE have been favoured with a transcript of two poems (Cywyddau) by this writer, which we should be glad to publish in an early number, but they are unfortunately not quite complete, the MS. from which they were taken having been eaten away by some rodents, presumably of a poetic bent. The first is headed and opens as follows:
"LLYMA VARWNAD LEWYS DU.
"Gwae r sawl a sy o Sylys hen
It extends to eighty-four lines. The second is a short love poem ("Cywydd Serch"), beginning
"Y vun lle r el yn vynych
Nid a vn waith ond yn wych."
It contains only twenty-eight lines, and ends "Duw or nef mor dryan wyf." If any of our readers possesses or has access to a copy of one or both of these poems, and will be good enough to send us a transcript, we shall be very thankful.
THE publication of the works of Iolo Goch is suspended for the present to admit of the more speedy issue of Mr. Stephens' Gododin. The compositions, in verse and in prose, left by the bard, have been found to be considerably more numerous than was at first thought, and of these the Editor has received a transcript of about two-thirds, taken from the British Museum MSS.
All Literary Communications, Books for Review, and Announcements of Forthcoming Works, should be addressed:"To the Editor of Y CYMMRODOR,
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