GULF COAST WELSH SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER
SCROLL DOWN FOR WELSH AND ENGLISH LYRICS TO LLWYN ONN (THE ASH GROVE)
Performed by Thomas L. Thomas
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      Llwyn Onn

Ym Mhalas Llwyn Onn gynt, fe drigai pendefig,
Ac iddo un eneth a anwyd yn unig,
A hi nôl yr hanes oedd aeres ei thad.
Aeth cariad i'w gweled yn lân a phur lencyn,
Ond codai'r ysgweiar yn araf ac erch,
I aethu'r bachgennyn, ond gwyrodd ei linyn,
A'i ergyd yn wyrgam i fynwes ei ferch.

Rhy hwyr ydoedd galw y saeth at y llinyn
 'r llances yn marw yn welw a gwan;
Bygythiodd ei gleddyf trwy galon y llencyn,
Ond ni redai cariad un fodfedd o'r fan.
Roedd golud, ei "darpar", yn hen ac anynad,
A geiriau diweddaf yr aeres hardd hon,
Oedd, 'Gwell gennyf farw trwy ergyd fy Nghariad
Na byw gyda golud ym mhalas Llwyn Onn.'
 The Ashgrove

The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking,
The wind through it playing has language for me.
When over its branches the sunlight is breaking,
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.
The friends of my childhood again are before me,
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me,
The ash grove, the ash grove again alone is my home.

My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness,
No dream of the future my spirit can cheer,
I only would brood on the past and its brightness,
The dead I have mourn'd are again living here.
From every dark nook, they press forward to meet me.
I lift up my eyes to the board leafy dome,
And others are there looking downwards to greet me,
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
Our Society enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating the marriage between HRH
Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  We all agreed that Catherine looked
poised and regal in her beautiful gown and both she and her handsome groom
looked very happy.

The Abbey at Westminster is a beautiful Church and the service was appropriately
reverent.  The music and chorales were sensational and it was pleasing to hear
the Welsh hymns.

About 26 people gathered at the home of one of our members to view the marriage
ceremony.

The evening began with drinks and a selection of canapes followed by a typical
British buffet.  This consisted of cold cuts of meat, a selection of salads and
sandwiches and a variety of 'finger food' thanks to the generosity of our members.  
We finished with a selection of desserts including a sumptuous Victoria Sponge
(so very British), trifle and, of course, Welshcakes.  Wine and soft drinks flowed
throughout the evening!

After watching the ceremony we raised a toast to the happy couple and sang the
British National Anthem 'God Save the Queen'  followed by the Welsh National
Anthem, 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau'.

The Society would like to thank everyone who attended this event and we all wish
William and Catherine a long and happy marriage.
ROYAL WEDDING - April 29, 2011
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