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Celtic Music From Wales

Llys Ifor Hael (The Court of Ivor the Generous)

A setting of the englyn (a poetic form) by the 17th century poet Ieuan Brydydd Hir. The words lament the ruined court of Ivor the Generous at Bassaleg, near Newport, Gwent.

Llys Ifor Hael, gwael yw’r gwedd – yn garnau
Mewn gwerni mae’n gorwedd
Drain ac ysgall mall a’i medd
Mieri lle bu mawredd

Yno nid oes awenydd – na beirddion
Na byrddau llawenydd
Nac aur yn ei magwyrydd
Na mael, na gwr hael a’i rhydd

I Ddafydd gelfydd ei gan – oer ofid
Roi Ifor mewn graean
Y llwybrau gynt lle bu’r gân
Yw lleoedd y dylluan

Er bri arglwyddi byr glod – eu mawredd
A’u muriau sy’n darfod
Lle rhyfedd i falchedd fod
Yw teiau ar y tywod

The hall of Ifor the generous, poor it looks
A cairn, it lies amongst alders
Thorns and the blight of the thistle own it
Briars, where once there was greatness

The muses are no longer there
No bards nor joyous tables
No gold within its walls
No armour, no generous giver

Cold grief for Dafydd, skilled in song
The burying of Ifor in the earth
Paths where once there was singing
Are now the haunts of the owl

Despite the brief glory of lords
Their greatness and their walls end
Houses on the sand
Are a strange place for there to be pride


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