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Neu Wreichion Oddiar yr Eingion


Neu Wreichion Oddiar yr Eingion By CADRA WD. The Pilgrimage to Carhuanawc's Tomb. ( Concluded). Funeral sermons were preached in all parts of the Principality and amongst the Welsh in London. Liverpool, Manchester, &c., from both Anglican and Noncorformist pulpits, for although loyal to his own church he 'freely mingled with good men of all communions. Three of his closest friends were Revs. Dr. Thomas Phillips, Hereford, C.M. minister, J. Hughes, Brecon, Wesleyan minister, and grandfather of the late Rev. Hugh Price Hughes, and D. Rhys Stephens, of Newport, Mori., the eloquent Baptist preacher and author. We are glad to preserve this sacred tradition of brotherly love and Christian charity over his hallowed grave. The majority of the pilgrims were staunch adherents of Carnhu- anawc's church, but the pathetic duty of describing the pilgrimage was very generously left to my Nonconformist self, who with many defects, have one qualification. namely a boundless admiration of the hero of my imper- fect sketch. The inscription on the tomb is in Welsh, and reads as follows :— Coffadwriaeth am y Parchedig Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc), Periglawr Cwmdu am 27ain mlynedd. ac awdwr Hanes Cymru.' Genid ei yn Llanfair vn Muallt. Bu farw Tachwedd v 7fed, yn y flwyddyn 1848, yn LXI. mlwydd oed. Gwclid ef yn ei gorff gwiwlan, Ei wisg Iwvs a'i t'oesalu glan, Ei dalcen mawr ysblenydd, Ei wen rleg, mal buan dydd. Ei eres lygaid eiriau Hylym a dwys mal fllam dan, A'i gerddediad gorddidawr, Nodau mwys ei enaid mawr, Ei lais oedd fel y delyn Synai a denai pob dyn Ffrwyth Hymettus, felus faith, Oedd a'i feres dda araith." The above lines are extracted from the second memorial ode. signed Prudd which appeared in the volume called Gwent- wyson." sef Ymdrechfa y Beirdd, neu Awdlau Galarnadol am yr Anfarwol a'r Bythglodos, y Parch Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc). Cy- hoeddedic gan Evan Jones (Gwrwst), Caer- fyrddin, 1849. It is erroneously attributed to the Rev. J. Jones. M.A. (Tegid), Vicar of Neverri, Pembrokeshire, who only acted as adjudicator fo" Gwrwst. who appears to have offered a prize for the best ode, In Memo- Dam to Carnhuanawc. Another prize was also offered by the same person for the best ode on the" Resurrection (Yr Adgyfodiad), which was gained by Cynddelw, Baptist minister at Sirhovvy, of which Tegid in his adjudication wrote Rhaid i mi yma fynegi a thystiolaethu na ddarllenais i erioed mewn un iaith awdl na chan rhagorach na. hon, nag un gan 'chwaith ar destyn yr Adgyfodiad, i'w chvstadlu a hi. Awen ystrydoledeg a'i cyfansoddodd hi. Henffvch well i ti Cynddelw, pwy bynag wyt. Enwogaist dy hun a'th iaith. Bydd dyawdl fel gem, yn dvsgleiriaw yn y lenyddiaeth Gymreig.—Tegid. The poetry on Carnhuanawc's tomb is written in the arbitrary alliterative Welsh metres. It gives a graphic word painting of the deceased's personal appearance, which indicates his supremacy and greatnes;?. It describes its lofty forehead, penetrating and brilliant eyes, winning smile, glorious as a June morning. Then he emphasises his firm tread and dignified bearing, the very embodiment of culture, and the apostle of sweetness and light." It concludes with a fine description of his clarion voice, strong and yet delicioualy sweet as the melody of a Welsh harp. 111 renovating the tomb it will be necessary to describe his birthplace, more correctly. It was not Builth, but a remote hamlet several miles outside, called Llanfihangel-Brvn- Pabuan. The mistake arose because his widowed mother lived for any years at Builth, whom he frequently visited until her death. It was only natural that strangers should then infer that Builth was his native town. Let no foe or stranger ever desecrate the tomb of this illustrious son of Gwalia. When I think of his learning and genius, his magna- nimity and disinterested kindness, and espe- cially of the way in which he championed his country's cause at a time when Welsh Nationa- alism was not so fashionable a hobby as it is to-day, when we think of all these elements of lofty patriotism which crowned him with un- dying glory, I feel that every ray of gratitude must fade from the hearts of his fellow- countrymen before the name and fame of Carn- huanawc are forgotten in the land of his birth. We soon left Crickhowell behind us once more, and reached Abergavenny just as the shadows of evening began to fall upon our paths. In the old church here I found the renowned Herbert Chapel, with the tombs and effigies of Gwladys, the daughter of Sir David Gam, her second husband, William ap Thomas, of Raglan, and their sons, William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, and Sir Richard Herbert, of Coldbrook Lewis Glyn Cot hi. the Court bard. has eulogised Gwladys Seren yFenni," and justly praised her for her accurate know- ledge of the two languages, Welsh and Eng- lish. It is said that Carnhuanawc frequently visited the Herbert chapel, and contributed much of the information contained in the standard work upon it by Mr Octavius Morgan. M P., the brother of the first Baron Tredegar. To me, as a humble member of the revived I soeietv, it is a most inspiring recollection that the principal patrons to-day are the off- spring of those illustrious personages who founded the noble house of Yr Harbertiaid," May the new society thrive and flourish. Let the mantle of Carnhuanawc fall upon the pro- moters of the present project. We are looking forward with great confidence to the inaugural Congress. Saxons and Its are one in their desire to-day to promore the welfare of the land we love. Those days of racial wars described so graphically by Carnhuanawc in his stirring pages are over for ever. The strangers within our gates who have no share in our glorious past, and who do not participate in the least degree in our picturesque tradi- tions, stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the halls of the Fenni Cymreigyddion, so as to develop our own ideals in accordance with our own aspirations, and upon our own national lines. Calon wrth Galon," Tra Mor tra Brython," Deffro, mae'n ddydd." (Rev. E. Price. Ebbw Vale). In the second volume of the" Literary Remains" of Carnhuanawc, we read that Carnhuanawc had made an appointment on the very last day of his life with a mason of Cwmdu, named Thomas Prosser, to go with him on the morning to a quarry two miles distance from the village to choose suitable materials there for the construction of a tomb. He also told the mason under an injunction of secrecy that these stones were intended to cover his own remains, and directed that they should be dressed and prepared during the ensuing winter. Mr Price was prevented from going to tbequarry by the arrival that morning of two friends from Llanover. Lady Hall, having heard of his increased illness, charged them to bring him back with them in her darriage. carriage for the benefit of change of air and scene. He received the visitors with cheerful- ness, but wrote a note to Lady Hall saying that he was too ill to accompany his returning friends to Llanover, and promising" to visit Llanover in a few days should he feel better, and to see Sir Benjamin, who was then very ill. At 4 p.m. he conducted his friends to the carriage, and stood to see them drive off. Re- turning to the vicarage he sat down by him- self to tea, the daughter of his housekeeper, whom he had taught to play the harp, playing in the next room his favourite Welsh air, Sir Harn Ddu," over and over again, and she afterwards on entering the room found Mr Price, his head drooping, eyes closed, quite speechless. He died in the presence of two doctors without uttering a single word, at half- past 8 that evening. The tomb over his grave is made of the stones he had selected in his mind and in the style he had mentioned to the local mason. It is everlasting, like the surrounding hills.







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