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CAMBRIAN WREATH;

A SELECTION OF

English Poems on Welsh Subjects,

ORIGINAL AND TRANSLATED FROM THE

CAMBRO-BRITISH,

HISTORIC AND LEGENDARY,

INCLUDING

WELSH MELODIES :

BY VARIOUS AUTHORS OF CELEBRITY, LIVING AND DEPARTED.

Edited and Illustrated by
T. J. LLEWELYN PRICHARD.

Wild Cambria-land of romance!
The wizard's wand, the warrior's lance,
The-minstrel's harp, the druid's oak,
The broken gyve, the shatter'd yoke,
The murder'd bard, the hero slain,
To her, to her, well appertain!
And interest holds sweet command,
O'er Cymru's gen'rous Mountain Land.

ABERYSTWYTH :

PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR, BY JOHN COX,

1828.

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PREFACE.

It has long been the Editor's anxious wish to see a poetical miscellany formed of the effusions of the Cambrian Muse, in English, and exclusively dedicated to the service of the Principality—a pocket volume embracing subjects alike interesting to the visitors of Wales, and the dwellers on its soil, who feel a lively delight in the scenic charms of the most picturesque part of the British dominions, or curiosity to pause on the very theatre where mighty events were enacted in the days of yore-and finding no such work forthcoming, he has ventured to step forth, and, with the CAMBRIAN WREATH, to supply the deficiency.

Our Cambrian Chaplet, thus wreathed round the brows of our nation's Genius, is formed of the wildest variety of floral components, and exhibits the contrasting hues of the vale and mountain blossoms, the spontaneous gems of the wilderness, and the cultivated beauties of the gay parterre-flowers culled from the graves of ancient bards and heroes, or torn from the solitude of ruined battlements, and those trained to beauty by the living hands of existing taste, and placed by them in the bow-pots of the modern Drawing Room. In short, the work will be found to consist of very antique, and very modern, matter-translations from the Welsh Bards, historic and legendary poems and ballads, with many exquisite lyrics, under the head of Welsh Melodies, that tend to perpetuate and celebrate our native minstrelsy, by some of the most popular authors of the day.

So confident is the Editor of the success of his undertaking that his principal fear on the subject is, for his Jiability to censure for placing so narrow a limit to the Work. In answer to this supposed objection he has to observe, the Cambrian Wreath is an experiment on the public taste ; and if a successful one, the numerous and very excellent poems and translations which, in accordance to his plan, he has laid aside for the present, and separated from this little work, shall appear in a similar pocket volume, so far differing however, that it will embrace subjects connected with every county, and almost every neighbourhood and celebrated place in Wales, under the title of the Cambrian Garland.

A few words more on the Cambrian Wreath-which will apply equally to the Cambrian Garland, should it ever make its appearance.

The voluminous and very expensive Works from which many of these poems have been extracted, placed them, like forbidden fruit, guarded, not by an Angel of light, but the Dragon of Exaction, the harpy of Extortion, far and secure from the reach of many possessing sufficient taste to appreciate their worth-an evil that hangs like golden fetters on the encumbered limbs of marching Intellect-(this is not saying too much for expensive books!)—which evil is thus in a slight degree removed, and to be still lessened, according to the view which the public may take of this well-meant attempt, that time and a favorable result may render more worthy of their patronage.

CONTENTS.

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ANCIENT Bards and Druids

Rowe

Mythology of the Ancient British Bards Edw. Williams

The Druid's Grove

Rowe

The Druidic Temple

Ibid...

The Aboriginal Briton

Rev. G. Richards,

Character of the Ancient Britons Shenstone

Stonehenge

Warton

The Cambrian Chieftain

Anonymous

Stonehenge

Thos. Stokes Salmon

Boadicea

Cowper

Caractacus

Rev. Sneyd Davies

The Cambrian Bard

Rev. Darid Lloyd

The Meeting of the Bards

Mrs. Hemans

i Wales and Welshmen

Churchyard

The Glory of Mountains

Ibid

The Mountain Land

Llewelyn Prichard

Prince Hoel's Child

Southey

Owen Gwyneth

S. R. Jackson

Bedd Gelart

Hon. W. R. Spencer

Llewelyn and his Bards

J. Walters

The Fairy Boy and the Mantle Anonymous

Caradoc and Senena

Southey

[ Arthur and Pendragon

J. Grubb

The Wakening of Cambria

Mrs. Hemans

Madoc's Revenge

S. R. Jackson

Inundation of Cantrev-y-Gwaelod A. Todd Thomson

Elphin's Consolation

Anonymous

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The Halls of Cynddylan

Rev. J. Walters

The Heroes of the Gododin

Llewelyn Prichard

- Gwyddno and Gwyn ab Nudd

A. Todd Thomson

The Battle of Gwenystrad

Anonymous

Cynvelyn's Incantation

Anonymous

Nest, the Daughter of Howel

J. Walter's

Llewelyn ab Iorwerth

Ibid

Meranwy Vechan

Anonymous

Llewelyn's Triumph

Richard Llwyd

The Hirlas Horn

Anonymous

The Thunder Storm

Edw. Williams

Panny, Blooming Fair

William Davies

'The Choice

J. H. Parry

Sir Griffith Llwyd

Richard Llwyd

The Fair Pilgrim

Edw. Williams

The Badger Hunt

Theophilus Jones

The Rebuke

Anonymous

The Bard's Admonition

Anonymous

The Falling Rock in Neath Vale Anonymous

Gwilymiana

Anonymous

The Bard's Devotion

Anonymous

The Harp of Wales

J. F. M. Dovaston

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