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-"Only a purple moon

-on the edge of the bare mountain

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-"And the sound of the river Prysor

-singing in the valley."

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-We're on the banks of the Prysor

-mentioned in Hedd Wyn's words.

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-He is one of our most iconic poets.

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-This year marks the centenary of his

-death in the trenches in Belgium.

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-We're in Trawsfynydd

-to commemorate him.

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-Welcome

-to Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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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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-The programme features quotes

-from some of Hedd Wyn's poems...

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-..and performances

-from Meibion Prysor...

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-..and the pupils

-of Ysgol Bro Hedd Wyn.

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-"The poet didn't enter the trenches

-until he passed through them...

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-"..for the major battle at dawn

-on the last day of July.

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-"After a fierce battle,

-the objective was secured.

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-"But at midday,

-while securing the new positions...

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-"..and as the enemy continued

-to rain down projectiles...

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-"..a grenade fragment

-hit the poet in the back...

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-"..causing a deep wound.

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-"He fell to the ground.

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-"The battle was so intense...

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-"..that there was no medical help

-to carry him away to safety.

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-"His compatriots

-tried to tend his wounds...

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-"..and ease his pain

-amid all the dangers.

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-"But while he lay injured on

-the battlefield for three hours...

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-"..not a moan or groan

-was heard from him...

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-"..from midday

-until three in the afternoon...

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-"..the same hours that the Hero

-of Heroes spent wounded...

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-"..on the field

-of the Battle of Battles.

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-"At three o'clock, the bearers came

-to carry him through the trenches.

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-"But not far from the spot...

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-"..the injured soldier

-had drawn his final breath...

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-"..and the battle was over."

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-"I go out into the eye of the storm

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-"To roam around the hillsides

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-"The rain can fall onto my clothes

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-"The wind can sing as it pleases

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-"I go out into the eye of the storm

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-"No-one anywhere can hear me

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-"No-one will light my path

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-"Save the lightning

-in God's expanse

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-"I go out into the eye of the storm

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-"Through the acres

-of the ewe and the lamb

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-"The storm laments on the mountains

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-"Like a shard of pain's glory

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-"The frenzied winds on the hillsides

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-"Make tuneful harps of the reeds

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-"Oh, carry, oh, carry my moans

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-"To someone

-who will pay them some heed.

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-"When my eyes close as I die

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-"May the lightning flash

-across the valley

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-"May the rain fall on the mountains

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-"And may the wind

-sing as it pleases."

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-"One day, on his adventure, he left

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-"Leaving the splendid old land

-of his jovial fathers

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-"Hereafter, the praise

-tells of his battles

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-"On Europe's acres

-with their dark horizons

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-"And in that distant songless land

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-"The maimed warrior departed

-to the sound of artillery fire."

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-"His sacrifice won't be forgotten

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-"His dear face will be remembered

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-"Even though Germany stained

-its iron fist in his blood."

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-# Here is the day Jesus was seen

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-# In the roughly-made manger

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-# And God's angels singing

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-# Above the fields of Bethlehem

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-# Let us sing, let us sing

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-# With the blessed angels of God

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-# Though the crib

-be coldly cheerless

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-# It received Him as a child once

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-# When coming from the Glory

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-# Towards the earth on its course

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-# All the keys, all the keys

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-# Of eternity are in His hand

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-# Come, angels, again to sing

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-# Above our old warring world

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-# Sing to it about Jesus

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-# Who can still all the battles

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-# In the praise, in the praise

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-# Let all the world's nations

-be united #

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-"You loved to roam distant lands

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-"Lands far across the sea

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-"Sometimes, you returned

-to your mountain home

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-"With a light and joyful heart

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-"We saw you briefly

-before you returned

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-"To the war that's shaking the world

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-"You were filled with the songs

-of patriotism and bravery

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-"The songs that cost so much

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-"The whirlwind blows

-over Trawsfynydd's hills

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-"In your wake, sorrowful its refrain

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-"You, along with

-the inexhaustible battalion

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-"Sleep a dreamless sleep in France."

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-"His mother's grave

-is in Trawsfynydd

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-"The habitat

-of the wind and the rain

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-"And he sleeps on a pillow

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-"In a distant foreign cemetery

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-"He lived with gentleness and love

-filling his loyal heart

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-"He died with affection in his eye

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-"On the altar

-of his land's freedom."

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-# We're the children of Bro Hedd Wyn

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-# And we remember you

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-# The gifted poet and shepherd

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-# We treasure all your works

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-# Your name is in our school's name

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-# Your face is on our street

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-# Your heart is in Yr Ysgwrn

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-# You're still Trawsfynydd's son

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-# Hedd Wyn, Hedd Wyn

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-# You are famous, a man of note

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-# And we will remember you

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-# The gifted poet and shepherd

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-# The "hero" of the black chair

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-# Your name is in our school's name

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-# Your face is on our street

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-# Your heart is in Yr Ysgwrn

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-# You're still Trawsfynydd's son

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-# You're still Trawsfynydd's son

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-# Hedd Wyn, Hedd Wyn #

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-"Woe that I live in bitter days

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-"As God is setting like a sun

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-"And in his place, as lord and slave

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-"Man raises forth his heinous throne

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-"When he thought God

-was gone at last

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-"He put his brother to the sword

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-"Now death is roaring in our ears

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-"Shadowing the shanties of the poor

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-"The old and silenced harps are hung

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-"On yonder willow trees again

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-"The bawl of boys is on the wind

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-"Their blood

-is blended in the rain."

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-The Reverend Abi Williams

-was a chaplain in the trenches.

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-This is how he described

-Hedd Wyn's funeral...

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-..in Y Cymro on 28 November 1917.

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-"It is not uninteresting to note...

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-"..that he was buried not far

-from the Iron Cross on Pilkem Ridge.

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-"The service

-was conducted in Welsh...

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-"..by my friend,

-Chaplain D Morris Jones.

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-"He didn't know at the time

-that he was burying a chaired poet.

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-"It is interesting but sad

-to think of this today.

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-Yes, Welsh accents were heard above

-the grave of the Trawsfynydd poet...

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-"..and though the grave

-is in a foreign land...

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-"..the atmosphere and the feelings

-were truly Welsh."

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Rhaglen arbennig i gofio'r bardd Hedd Wyn a laddwyd ym Mrwydr Pilkem yng Ngwlad Belg 100 mlynedd yn ol. A special programme to commemorate poet the centenary of the death of Hedd Wyn.


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