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-A warm welcome

-to Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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-Come along with us

-on a pilgrimage to Pembrokeshire.

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-In the programme, Shan Cothi

-performs at St David's Cathedral.

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-We're joined by Hefin Wyn,

-Pembrokeshire born and bred...

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-..to follow in the footsteps

-of pilgrims down the centuries.

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-Our singing tonight

-comes from a variety of locations.

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-Christian pilgrims

-have come to Pembrokeshire...

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-..since St David's days.

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-In the Middle Ages,

-the Slebech area...

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-..was home to the local HQ

-of the Knights of St John.

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-They offered pilgrims

-care and recuperation...

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-..on their long, arduous journeys.

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-Our first hymn comes

-from St David's Cathedral...

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-..the site of a very early

-pilgrimage destination.

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-The words are an ideal way to begin.

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-Arglwydd, Dangos Imi Heddiw

-Sut I Gychwyn Ar Fy Nhaith.

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-I'm not at the hospital

-of the Knights of St John...

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-..but at the old Millin chapel.

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-I'm not joined by a knight either...

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-..but by a man on his bike,

-author and broadcaster Hefin Wyn.

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-Good morning.

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-Have you had a safe journey?

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-Have you had a safe journey?

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-Yes, all the way from Maenclochog.

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-Excellent.

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-We'll go into Millin chapel.

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-Tell me about the chapel's history.

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-Millin is near Slebech

-and Picton Castle...

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-..not far from the spot

-where the two Cleddau rivers meet.

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-It's a Presbyterian chapel.

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-It's an English chapel...

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-..in the Anglicized part

-of Pembrokeshire, the Down Below.

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-I'm here on a pilgrimage of sorts...

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-..following in the tyre tracks

-of Waldo Williams.

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-Waldo the poet.

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-The Quaker.

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-The Welshman.

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-The patriot.

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-More than anything, the pacifist.

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-The bike, your chosen method

-of transport today, is a clue.

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-I come here from time to time...

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-..remembering that Waldo

-used to come here on his bike...

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-..late at night, usually,

-in summer perhaps.

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-When darkness fell,

-he went into the chapel...

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-..and lay there in the pitch black

-until dawn broke.

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-He'd get up from the hard pew...

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-..go to his bike...

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-..and head for the river,

-which is where we'll go next.

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-We stand here by the crooked oak...

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-..looking at where the Western

-and Eastern Cleddau meet.

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-Imagine being here

-at the crack of dawn.

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-The mist rising,

-the wading birds nearby.

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-I'm sure he often yearned

-to be here by himself...

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-..to contemplate the world

-and matters that worried him.

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-Lines of poetry

-would come in time, I'm sure.

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-It was heavenly here.

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-It was tranquil here.

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-The creative imagination

-was at work here.

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-We've travelled from the south

-up to the Preseli area.

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-This is a lovely spot.

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-Certainly, on a summer's day,

-there's no more romantic spot.

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-The Rhydwilym area.

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-The chapel is also called Rhydwilym.

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-They've kept to the area's name...

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-..rather than opting for Pergamus

-or Bethel or Tabernacle.

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-I'm looking forward

-to hearing more inside.

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-To the elders' pew.

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-Why come here on a pilgrimage?

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-Well...

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-..because early Christians met here,

-strong in their faith.

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-They had broken away from the church

-in the 17th century...

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-..after the 1689 Act of Toleration.

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-Within a year,

-it seems that 118 people...

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-..were members at this chapel.

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-They came from afar

-to take communion...

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-..from as many as 40 parishes

-across West Wales, apparently.

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-Why come here then?

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-The river.

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-The river formed the boundary

-between two counties.

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-These early communicants

-suffered persecution.

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-Spies kept an eye on them.

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-If a spy

-came from Carmarthenshire...

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-..they avoided him by crossing

-the river into Pembrokeshire.

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-There's even talk that they met

-in a cave around here somewhere.

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-That they met secretly

-in private houses.

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-William Jones,

-one of their leaders...

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-..was among 2,000 clerics

-who were cast out.

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-..because they fervently believed

-that Jesus Christ was the only King.

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-William Jones spent most of his time

-in the jail in Haverfordwest.

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-But Sir John Perrot was willing...

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-..to let him out

-to administer communion.

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-There's talk of him

-coming to this area one day...

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-..after administering communion

-in Narberth and Rushacre earlier on.

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-He was caught

-and led away to jail...

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-..but he insisted

-on coming to Rhydwilym.

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-He was allowed to do so

-as long as he came back to jail.

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-He administered communion

-on a level stone here somewhere.

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-I don't know where,

-but it'd be interesting to find out.

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-Later, William and Mary George...

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-..came up from Tresinwen farm

-in Pen-caer.

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-They came on horseback,

-despite being in their seventies.

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-Who were William and Mary George?

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-The great-grandparents

-of Lloyd George.

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-Thank you, Hefin.

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-There's one more destination

-on our little pilgrimage.

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-First, let's enjoy Shan Cothi

-at St David's Cathedral...

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-..performing

-The Lord Bless You And Keep You.

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-# The Lord bless you and keep you

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-# The Lord make his face

-to shine upon you

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-# To shine upon you and be gracious

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-# And be gracious unto you

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-# The Lord bless you and keep you

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-# The Lord make his face

-to shine upon you

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-# To shine upon you and be gracious

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-# And be gracious unto you

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-# The Lord lift up the light

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-# Of his countenance upon you

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-# The Lord lift up the light

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-# Of his countenance upon you

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-# And give you peace

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-# And give you peace

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-# And give you peace

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-# And give you peace

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-# Amen

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-# Amen

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-# Amen

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-# Amen, amen

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-# Amen, amen #

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-We've had a proper tour

-of Pembrokeshire today.

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-You've brought me to an unexpected

-and very secluded spot now.

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-Well, pilgrims

-have to face all kinds of weather...

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-..but the urge to reach

-the destination drives them on.

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-I've brought you to Crugiau Dwy

-above Pentregalar...

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-..in the foothills of the Preseli.

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-..in the foothills of the Preseli.

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-Crugiau Dwy is an unusual name.

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-What's the story behind it?

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-Crug suggests a burial ground

-going back thousands of years.

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-We know that Foel Dyrch nearby...

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-..and Foel Drygarn over there...

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-..were the sites

-of ancient Brythonic settlements.

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-They obviously had burial sites

-around here.

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-Names like Crug yr Hwch,

-tyrch as in Foel Dyrch.

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-Tyrch is the plural of twrch.

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-The Twrch Trwyth.

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-The name must originate...

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-..from the Twrch Trwyth

-in the Mabinogion, on these slopes.

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-There isn't even a chapel here,

-so why come here on a pilgrimage?

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-I often go on a pilgrimage

-along this lane myself.

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-Not to see a building per se...

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-..but to recall words I read

-in a letter from Niclas y Glais...

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-..or Twm Llety, to us locals...

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-..to Evan Roberts, Llandderfel.

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-We all know him as a communist,

-a Welsh expounder of communism.

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-But he was a true Christian as well.

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-As I see it,

-he wasn't far wrong as a Christian.

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-He recalls, in his early teens,

-coming up from Llety...

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-..to visit a woman who lived alone

-in a remote cottage up here.

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-He happened to pass one night

-when there was a full moon...

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-..and heard a voice

-inside the cottage.

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-He went closer to eavesdrop

-but could only hear her voice.

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-It became clear

-that she was talking to Christ.

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-He thought about that...

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-..and realized that Jesus

-hadn't been killed by the Jews.

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-He hadn't been buried.

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-He's alive, here in the Preseli...

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-..visiting an ordinary woman.

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-That stayed with him

-throughout his career.

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-So, you don't need

-a specific place for a pilgrimage...

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-..especially a personal pilgrimage.

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-..especially a personal pilgrimage.

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-Exactly.

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-Memory, information,

-a little imagination...

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-..and you can live the past.

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-"You, who once provided

-the miraculous manna

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-"To sustain pilgrims

-on their way through barren lands

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-"You continue to give

-your blessed compassion

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-"And we repay our debt to you by

-worshipping you, heavenly Father."

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-Hefin, we've reached

-the end of our journey.

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-Thank you for your time.

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-The information you've shared

-has been so interesting.

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-My pleasure. Come again soon.

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-My pleasure. Come again soon.

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-We certainly will.

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-When pilgrims

-reach their destination...

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-..it's a glorious feeling

-of a challenge fulfilled.

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-They can then can sing with zeal...

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-"The Hallelujah

-has possessed my soul.

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-"To You, O! Christ,

-I give my praises all."

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-I hope that you

-have enjoyed our journey.

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-Until next time, goodbye.

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Gwawr Edwards sydd ar bererindod i Sir Benfro yng nghwmni Hefin Wyn. Gwawr Edwards is on a pilgrimage to Pembrokeshire with local historian Hefin Wyn and Shân Cothi performs in St David's.


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