Amaeth Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol


Amaeth

Rhaglen o Aberystwyth yn canolbwyntio ar y berthynas agos rhwng amaeth a chrefydd. Celebrating the unity between faith and agriculture with congregational singing from Aberystwyth.


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-Aberystwyth. A town

-between the sea and the hills.

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-A coastal area,

-an agricultural area...

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-..and a temporary home for

-thousands of students every year.

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-It's a town

-very close to my heart...

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-..as I started my acting career here

-with the Arad Goch theatre company.

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-I now live across the sea

-in County Waterford.

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-On some days,

-I can see the Cambrian mountains...

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-..from the Comeragh mountains

-over there.

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-Tonight, Aberystwyth is the home

-of our songs of praise.

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-Lying between the Cambrian mountains

-and Cardigan Bay...

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-..is the Aberystwyth area, a chain

-of beautiful hills and valleys...

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-..stretching to the beaches

-and the sea.

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-The Welsh Agricultural College,

-Aberystwyth...

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-..which is now part

-of the university...

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-..has attracted students

-since it was established in 1970.

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-Many of the students return home...

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-..to work on their farms

-and raise a family.

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-As they look forward

-to a year of hard work...

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-..we'll meet some of those people

-who look after farmers.

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-Tonight, we'll join the congregation

-at Capel y Morfa in Aberystwyth.

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-At the helm is the choir conductor,

-Alwyn Evans.

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-I've come to Drefach farm

-in Caerwedros, Ceredigion...

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-..to meet Ceredigion's

-Young Farmer of the Year.

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-He's a very busy man.

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-Morys Ioan.

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-Morys.

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-Morys.

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-Alright?

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-Fine, thank you.

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-You're Young Farmer of the Year

-in Ceredigion.

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-Congratulations.

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-Congratulations.

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-Thanks.

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-What does it mean to you?

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-The Young Farmer of the Year...

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-..is an ambassador

-for the county's young farmers.

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-The Young Farmers are busy

-in Ceredigion and all over Wales.

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-There are competitions like

-the pantomime and the Eisteddfod.

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-What will you be doing on the farm

-throughout the year?

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-The sheep have all been scanned.

-They're all pregnant.

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-That's how my year begins.

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-I'll be looking after them

-throughout the year.

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-It must be challenging for you.

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-It must be challenging for you.

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-It can be.

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-You're often out on your own

-in the middle of the night...

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-..looking after sheep.

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-People don't look forward to lambing

-season as it's a difficult time.

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-You don't get much sleep

-and it gets dark early.

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-It's quite lonely too.

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-It's quite lonely too.

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-It can be, yes.

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-As a shepherd,

-life on the farm is important...

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-..but chapel life

-is important to you too.

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-Both go side by side.

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-Yes. As Jesus was a shepherd to his

-people, I'm a shepherd to my flock.

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-The chapel gets stronger every week,

-I feel.

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-This Sunday,

-six people are becoming members.

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-They're members

-of the Young Farmers' Club.

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-They're young - sixteen years old.

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-My sister is one of those.

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-The Young Farmers' Club

-uses the chapel.

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-We appreciate their contribution.

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-Through Morys, we have a close link.

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-It's nice to see young people...

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-..maintaining an interest

-in the church.

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-Through developing the work

-of the church...

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-..and making it more relevant

-to the age that we live in...

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-..it creates an interest.

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-The young are ready to take part

-in services and so on.

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-It's a crucial part

-of the future of the church.

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-# Good company #

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-I don't always have the time to go

-every Sunday, like a lot of people.

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-But they believe...

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-..and they're part

-of the chapel community.

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-It's the heart of the community too.

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-I think it's important

-that people go occasionally.

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-Not every week perhaps,

-but once a month.

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-Even if they just turn up

-to the thanksgiving service.

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-It's important that they're

-a part of the chapel community.

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-It's a peaceful building. You'll

-find tranquillity in a chapel.

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-When you walk into the chapel...

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-..you have the time

-and the peacefulness to think...

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-..and to talk to God.

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-As a Westwalian,

-I've always thought...

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-..there's a spiritual connection

-between us and the land.

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-It can be seen in our folk songs.

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-We've already heard how lonely

-farming can be as a job.

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-I also believe there are farmers in

-Ceredigion who've felt comforted...

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-..from singing at the top

-of their voice in these fields.

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-The tenor, Robyn Lyn, is a

-farmer's son from Pont-rhyd-y-groes.

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-Here he is singing the classic,

-Bugail Aberdyfi.

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-# I will venture now to sing a song

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-# To woo you back, my sweet love

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-# To your rocking chair by the fire

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-# On Aberdyfi mountain

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-# Why, my sweet maiden, why

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-# Did you leave me

-and your perfect children?

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-# Little Arthur

-calls for his mother

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-# His heart is near breaking

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-# The two orphaned lambs

-lie in the grove

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-# And the children

-play with the lambs

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-# Oh, return

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-# My sweet love

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-# To Aberdyfi mountain

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-# This is how I venture

-to sing a song

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-# To woo you back, my sweet love

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-# To sit again by the fireside

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-# On Aberdyfi mountain

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-# I remember your pure voice singing

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-# But neither you nor anyone else

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-# Can ignore

-a small child's prayer

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-# Who wants to see his mother

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-# Saying farewell

-was just child's play

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-# We will forgive each other

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-# And reconcile

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-# Come, return

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-# My sweet love

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-# To Aberdyfi mountain #

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-Canon Eileen Davies

-is a priest in Llanerchaeron.

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-She also farms the family farm.

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-She also runs the Tir Dewi service,

-funded by a local diocese...

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-http://www.tirdewi.co.uk/en/our-background/

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-..which helps farmers.

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-I went to meet her

-on market day in Newcastle Emlyn.

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-How are you?

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-How are you?

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-Hello. Fine, thank you.

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-And you?

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-And you?

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-OK, thank you.

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-We saw a need as a church.

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-We realized

-that there was a need for farmers...

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-..to have someone who'd be willing

-to listen to their problems...

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-..and what is happening

-in the countryside.

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-People tend not to talk

-as much as they used to.

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-As a result,

-they feel very lonely...

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-..with no-one to turn to.

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-So Tir Dewi was established

-especially for farmers.

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-It lends an ear

-and also a hand of guidance.

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-If there's a problem requiring

-somebody more professional...

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-..to do with money, health

-and so on...

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-..we have people to turn to

-to use their expertise...

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-..to ensure there's support

-available in times of trouble.

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-Is this new?

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-Is it a problem

-arising from the modern world?

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-We're living in a changing world.

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-As a result, farmers can farm

-many acres by themselves.

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-By the evening, they might have

-no-one to turn to for a chat.

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-Those with a spouse, their partners

-may be going out to work.

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-They may be alone

-for many hours during the day...

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-..contending with new regulations

-and new pressures...

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-..with no-one to turn to to say...

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-.."Please can you listen to me?

-I need support."

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-When you wear your Tir Dewi hat...

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-..do you come to Newcastle Emlyn

-mart for example to talk to people?

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-I go to the markets within the

-St David's diocese quite regularly.

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-What's the response been

-from the agricultural community...

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-..to Tir Dewi?

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-We've been involved

-with around 70 individual cases.

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-The problems have been varied...

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-..including

-health and mental health problems.

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-There's a greater willingness

-to discuss mental health these days.

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-There's a greater awareness

-of mental health now.

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-So I hope we're meeting demand.

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-Am I a rose between two thorns?!

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-As the saying goes, a problem shared

-is a problem halved.

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-Is that true?

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-Is that true?

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-It's very true.

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-If I had a penny every time someone

-said "Thanks for listening"...!

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-It can make a huge difference

-to our farmers.

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-55. At 55.

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-Eileen, we're in the right place

-to discuss shepherding.

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-How do you combine your work

-with your flock in the church...

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-..with being a farmer's wife?

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-I'm fortunate as I'm in

-a privileged position as a farmer.

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-I also have the privilege

-of looking after farmers.

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-I speak the same language as them.

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-I talk about the same work

-as farmers do.

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-Through that too, I can share

-my faith as a priest with them.

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-Where was Jesus?

-Out with his people.

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-I go to markets...

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-..and I can be there

-ready to listen.

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-Through the love

-and the continuation of my faith...

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-..I hope I can make a difference

-in the lives of our farmers.

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-"In the ditch I saw bodies

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-"Frozen lambs of fragile bodies

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-"The heavy toll of the frost

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-"The sad toys of the ice wind

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-"Two ugly holes are left

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-"In the twilight staring emptily

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-"The crows up on the heath

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-"For their time, they wait

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-"The orphaned tame sheep

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-"Her pain not forgotten

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-"Her udder dripping

-from the suckling that never was

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-"I'll remove her fleece

-as she mourns

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-"And dress it on a younger lamb

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-"So her milk, until it's lusher

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-"Will feed a young Esau

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-"And I know that the weakling

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-"Of the same breeding

-as the old flock

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-"Is sure to teethe in its own time

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-"And prolong the green pasture"

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-Our time in Aberystwyth

-has come to an end.

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-Before we go,

-there's one tradition to maintain...

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-..kicking the bar

-near the foot of Consti.

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-Until next time, goodnight.

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Rhaglen o Aberystwyth yn canolbwyntio ar y berthynas agos rhwng amaeth a chrefydd. Celebrating the unity between faith and agriculture with congregational singing from Aberystwyth.


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