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Hwiangerdd Dinogat (Lullaby for Dinogat)


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Cerddi Hynafol (Ancient Songs)


Hwiangerdd Dinogat (Lullaby for Dinogat)

Peis Dinogat e vreith, vreith,
O grwyn balaot ban wreith.
Chwit, chwit, chwidogaeth,
Gochanwyn gochenyn wythgweith.
Pan elei dy dat ti i helya,
Llath ar ei ysgwydd, llory yn ei law,
Ef gelwi gŵn gogyhwc:
Giff, Gaff, daly, daly, dwc, dwc.
Ef lleddi bysc yng corwc,
Mal ban lladd llew llywiwg.
Pan elei dy dat ti i vynydd,
Dyddygei ef penn ywrch,
Penn gwythwch, penn hydd,
Penn grugyar vreith o Venydd,
Penn pysg, o rayadyr Derwennydd.
O'r sawl yt gyrhaeddei dy dat ti â'i gicwein
O wythwch a llewyn a llwyfein,
Nyt anghei oll ni vei oradein.

Lullaby for Dinogat

Thy gown, Dinogat, enwraps thee,
From finest fur 'tis made.
Twit, wit, terwit, wit,
Repeat it eight times.
Whenever thy father goes hunting,
A bow on his shoulder, cudgel in his hand,
He will first call for his hounds:
Giff, Gaff, dally, dally, come! come!
He'll catch, from his coracle
Fish and eel and monster.
Whenever thy father goes hunting,
He'll capture a roebuck,
A boar, a stag,
A speckled mountain grouse,
A fish from Derwent water.
And these thy father will fix with his spear:
The wild pig, the weasel, the fox,
And speed them home on eagle's wings.
Performance translation by Rhian Samuel

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