By Dafydd Ap Gwilym, Richard Morgan Loomis
Dafydd ap Gwilym, 14th cent. Dafydd ap Gwilym: the poems. Translation and observation by way of Richard Morgan Loomis; illustrations through Mary Guerriere Loomis. Binghamton, N.Y.: middle for Medieval & Early Renaissance reviews, 1982, 346 p, notes, bib, word list, index, illus, maps. first-class, fresh tight reproduction.
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The last of the friar poems, Poem 139, is closer to tragedy. Here we have what may be Dafydd's last poem on Morfudd; it is, at any rate, the one that represents her at the latest stage of her career: Morfudd grown old. It is one of Dafydd's bitterest poems. Not only the friar who urges Morfudd to cover her body but God Himself comes in for denunciation, for laying waste to Morfudd's beauty. And Morfudd too must bear the poet's lash, for so enchanting him that even when her beauty is gone, he cannot rest easily without her.
Good was Anna of righteous increase To bear Mary, most immaculate maid. Good was Mary of pure prayer To bear God to mar the devil. Good was the Lord God, sure joy, By his cross to To bear us A 4. This is bear the Five Ages from their pain. may Mary's Son Well all each one to heaven! Painting of Christ and His Apostles a meditation on a painting of Dafydd's time. evidently iconographic, not scenic: Peter who had no left. Judas and is The on the Lord's representation was right side; Paul association with the Apostles until after Christ's death Iscariot (as well as his successor, Matthias) twofold mission of the Apostles twelve, 10 do, confessed truth, their dispatch to the Christ figure in the painting is indicated: the first is — is on not mentioned.
I have sometimes felt that I had only a couple of light bulbs to switch on in contrast to all his Bright, like/fliV tions. jewels of words: gloyw, list claer, must be added the words golau, disglair, llachar, llewyrchus. for "white," To this which often mean "bright" or can, cannaid. " It is another instance of the enviable resources of many a short word used by Dafydd ap Gwilym. "luminous": gwyn, gwen, may also And gwen that is but one of several words (many of them monosyllables) Dafydd uses bun: for "woman" or "girl": DAFYDD AP GWILYM 30 soul enaid: gem: gem glain: jewel, bead lleuad, lloer.