This marvellous book is a treasury of traditional four‑line poems in Welsh from Glamorgan. I was delighted when I found the following:
Anyway, verses of this kind were meant to be sung and one of the desirable qualifications in a ‘swain’ or ‘maid’ was the ability to sing all of the live‑long day.
In his introduction Tegwyn Jones says,
“Ym Mro Morgannwg, yn ôl G.J.Williams, gellid weithiau weld ‘rhes o gerbydau’n aros ar y briffordd, a’r teithwyr yn gwrando ar ganu’r bechgyn yn gyrru’r ychen . . . dros feysydd llydain y Fro’ ”.
(“In the Vale of Glamorgan, according to G. J. Williams, one could sometimes see ‘a line of coaches stopped on the main road and the passengers listening to the the young lads singing to the oxen as they drove them across the wide fields of the Vale...’ ”).
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