By Gwyn Thomas

ISBN-10: 0708316646

ISBN-13: 9780708316641

ISBN-10: 1417508469

ISBN-13: 9781417508464

Gwyn Thomas presents an obtainable English translation of Dafydd ap Gwilym's, (the so much prolific and well-known of medieval Welsh poets), entire poems. The poems are annotated to convey out their ancient and literary context.

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Lord of birch-trees, heavens of concord In paradise and present world, praise’s pillar, I would have what gift I’d want (I’m wealthy and I’m eminent) Of good words, of silver, Of rich gold (as any hundred know), Of clothes (no reprehending), Of magnificent French arms (Sustaining cost), of mead and wine, Of jewels: like Taliesin! Exploits of strength! King of the world! You, Ifor, father of [all] revelry, 1 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 TAKING LEAVE OF IFOR HAEL 19 Famed in taverns, [and] fine-living judge, The [very] face of kindness, gave them.

There was silver – [and they were] my reward. All the maidens ask me To lend to them my gloves; Although she asks, no maid will have – No more than any man – my gloves. I shall not give, I’ll keep it well, The gift of Ifor, fluent speaker. I’ll not wear any wrinkled gloves Of sheepskin to crumple up my finger; I shall wear (don’t want his wrath) The stag-skin of th’attractive man. Feast-day gloves on my two hands – The rain won’t wet them often! I give him (I know his favour – Fluent giving of the hall of Rheged) Taliesin (wine-providing)’s blessing, Everlasting, that’s not boasting!

Ll}r is the basis for Shakespeare’s King Lear. 22 DAFYDD AP GWILYM: HIS POEMS 12 IN PRAISE OF LLYWELYN AP GWILYM The grammar book of Dyfed! There’s a summons To wine-cellars in Llywelyn’s land, A haven, let all men’s greetings go To Emlyn, a warm court-place for many. There’s a lake for a park in Emlyn, a canal As far as Teifi, and taverns in all places. Let him deter dishonour, [and] let him kill his foe: Where a hammer blow may be, let there be a pathway to gentility. A pathway to gentility, a great bolt battering the mighty, A clear provocation to England and Pictland; Wherever he may be, the whole world draws (A giving hand) near to the name of Llywelyn.

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