Y Ferch o Sger Enwog o Fri, Ardal Ni!


Y Ferch o Sger

Stori serch a thrist Thomas Evans y telynor ac Elisabeth Williams, Y Ferch o'r Sgêr. The sad love story of Elisabeth Williams of Sker House and harpist Thomas Evans.


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-# Join us for a trip back in time,

-join us on our journey

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-# Where famous Welsh people

-once lived

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-# Renowned and revered

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-# Jemima Nicholas

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-# Gwenynen Gwent

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-# Melangell

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-# Hedd Wyn

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-# Gelert

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-# Rhys and Meinir

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-# Y Ferch o'r Sger #

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-Hello and welcome

-to Enwog o Fri, Ardal Ni.

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-Welcome to our school -

-Ysgol y Ferch o'r Sger.

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-Where in Wales is our school?

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-Not far from Porthcawl,

-in Central Glamorgan, South Wales.

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-Ysgol y Ferch o'r Sger

-is named after a young girl...

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-..who lived in Ty'r Sger

-which is close to the school.

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-Here, on our school wall,

-you can see her story.

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-But who was Y Ferch o'r Sger?

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-What is her story?

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-Come and listen to our story,

-Enwog o Fri, Ardal Ni.

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-Once upon a time, a long time ago...

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-..it had been a very stormy night

-at Ty'r Sger.

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-Inside the house...

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-..Mary Williams

-and Elizabeth Williams...

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-..comforted each other.

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-Their mother, Catherine Williams,

-had died eight weeks earlier.

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-The two girls were sad

-to lose their mother.

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-But the maid, Janet Leyshon,

-was very kind to the girls.

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-I'm scared, Janet.

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-I'm scared, too.

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-There, there, girls.

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-There, there, girls.

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-Where's Dad?

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-I want Dad. Where is he?

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-He's working late, Elizabeth.

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-He's always working

-since Mam passed away.

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-Dad, Dad.

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-Off to bed.

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-Mary and Elizabeth's father, Isaac,

-was very sad...

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-..after his wife's death.

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-He was worried about

-finding money to fix the house...

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-..after years of storm damage.

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-Earlier that day,

-Ty'r Sger's servant, Mark Edwards...

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-..had visited Isaac

-full of excitement.

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-Isaac Williams.

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-What's wrong? Do you have good news?

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-Yes. A ship has hit the rocks.

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-It's bound to sink.

-It's full of cargo.

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-We can sell it for a handsome price.

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-Plenty of money to renovate

-Ty'r Sger.

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-Keep your voice down in case

-someone hears. It's a great idea.

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-It was very stormy

-as the waves lashed wildly...

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-..in the wind.

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-Wave after wave after wave.

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-Yes, the ship sank.

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-Quietly and slyly...

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-..Isaac and Mark crept down

-to the beach.

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-Hush!

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-They stole the cargo

-hoping to sell it.

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-Soon after, the rumours started...

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-..that Isaac Williams had stolen

-and hidden the ship's cargo.

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-He was summoned to a court

-in the village hall.

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-Silence in court.

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-Isaac Williams, are you guilty of

-stealing cargo from a French ship...

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-..and hiding it in your home,

-Ty'r Sger?

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-No.

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-How could I place my daughters

-in danger?

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-Isaac Williams, you're a...

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-..free man.

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-This time - understand?

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-Yes. I understand.

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-Elizabeth saw a handsome young man

-with a harp on his lap.

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-His name was Thomas Evans.

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-They stared at each other

-and smiled...

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-..not knowing

-they would meet again one day.

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-Many years passed.

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-One day, Elizabeth

-was walking through the forest.

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-She heard a beautiful melody

-played by a harp.

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-Who was playing the harp?

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-She walked towards the music.

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-What lovely music.

-You're a wonderful harp player.

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-Who are you?

-I'm sure we've met before somewhere.

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-You're right - in court.

-I remember you clearly.

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-How could I forget

-such a beautiful face?

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-Thank you.

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-It was obvious

-that both were in love.

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-They arranged to meet at the Mabsant

-Festival in Kenfig later that night.

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-Elizabeth ran home...

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-..full of hope for a night

-of enjoyment and dancing...

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-..with Thomas in the festival.

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-The Mabsant Festival

-was a party full of fun.

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-Everyone enjoyed the violin music.

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-Thomas noticed Elizabeth right away.

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-She was so beautiful.

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-He went to greet her.

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-You look beautiful, Elizabeth.

-Would you like to dance?

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-Please, Thomas.

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-One, two, three.

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-They danced the night

-away together...

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-..enjoying every moment

-in each other's company.

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-They were in love.

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-Elizabeth was happy

-for the first time in years.

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-From that night onwards,

-they met at every opportunity...

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-..but there was one problem.

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-Being with you is perfect but

-we have to keep our love secret.

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-My father wants me to marry a

-rich man but you're the one for me.

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-You're the one for me too,

-Elizabeth.

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-Let us enjoy our time together.

-No-one will see us here.

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-# Thomas the harpist

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-# You're the one for me

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-# You light up my life

-with your music

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-# Wealth is more important

-to my father

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-# He wants me to marry a rich man

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-# What will I do?

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-# Don't worry, sweetheart

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-# You're the one for me

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-# You light up my life

-with your beauty

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-# Wealth is not important

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-# Listen to me

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-# We will be together,

-forever, my sweetheart

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-# Sweethearts of Y Sger,

-sweethearts of Y Sger

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-# We will have

-a bond of love forever

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-# We will have

-a bond of love forever #

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-They were so happy together

-but Mark Edwards was watching them.

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-Ty'r Sger's servant

-spotted them one day.

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-He was shocked to see Elizabeth

-with the poor harpist.

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-He ran straight to Isaac

-to tell him what he had seen.

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-I know everything

-about you and that Thomas Evans.

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-A poor harpist

-isn't good enough for you.

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-You can never see him again.

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-Never ever.

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-Never ever.

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-But Father, I am in love.

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-Thomas Evans is the man for me.

-I want to marry him.

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-Marry? Marry?

-There's only one thing for it.

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-You can marry Thomas... Kirkhouse.

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-Who on earth is Thomas Kirkhouse?

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-An important and wealthy man

-from Neath.

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-He owns coalmines.

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-Never ever. I love Thomas Evans.

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-Go to your room and stay there.

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-You will marry Thomas Kirkhouse

-next Friday.

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-That's the end of the matter.

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-The following Friday,

-Elizabeth married Thomas Kirkhouse.

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-Her wedding day

-was a nightmare for her.

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-Elizabeth knew

-she would never be happy again...

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-..without Thomas the harpist.

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-I will never forgive you for this.

-Never.

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-From that day onwards,

-she never spoke to her father again.

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-Her marriage to Thomas Kirkhouse

-was a sad one.

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-Years later, Elizabeth

-was shopping in Swansea Market.

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-She heard a familiar voice in

-the hustle and bustle of the market.

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-Elizabeth recognised the voice

-immediately. It was Thomas Evans.

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-He was singing about her.

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-Elizabeth fainted.

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-The shock of seeing and hearing

-Thomas was too much for her.

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-Elizabeth spent a fortnight in

-front of the fire as she recovered.

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-She became weaker and weaker.

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-I have little time to live.

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-When I die, find Thomas and tell him

-to sing my song to remember me by.

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-Hush. I'll certainly do that.

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-I will.

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-That night,

-Elizabeth died quietly in her sleep.

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-Janet went to find Thomas

-to share the sad news...

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-..and asked him

-to sing the song about Elizabeth.

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-I'll never forget her.

-Elizabeth was my true love.

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-I will remember her

-each time I sing my song.

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-A month later, in the Mabsant

-Festival in Kenfig's town hall...

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-..Thomas Evans

-stood up in front of the audience...

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-..to sing a song.

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-Friends, I'd like to sing a song

-that's close to my heart.

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-A song about a girl

-I will love forever.

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-The girl from Ty'r Sger.

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-# I'm a man

-who lives under a penance

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-# I miss my true sweetheart

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-# I love her more than anything

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-# She won my heart

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-# It's better to have loved and lost

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-# Than never to have loved at all

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-# Come to me happily, my sweetheart

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-# I will love you forever more #

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Stori serch a thrist Thomas Evans y telynor ac Elisabeth Williams, Y Ferch o'r Sgêr. The sad love story of Elisabeth Williams of Sker House and harpist Thomas Evans.


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