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First three verses of Hedd Wynn's poem Yr Arwr

Ellis Humphrey Evans (1887-1917), was a poet, better known by his bardic name Hedd Wyn (White Peace). The chair at the 1917 Welsh National Eisteddfod was won by Hedd Wyn for his poem 'Yr Arwr' (The Hero). He himself had been killed a month earlier during the battle of Passchendaele.

First three verses of Yr Arwr in Hedd Wyn's hand. Reference GB 0222 BMSS HW.

YR ARWR
1 Yr Eneiniog
Wylo anniddig, dwfn, fy mlynyddoedd
A'm gwewyr glywyd ar lwm greigleoedd,
Canys cymar drycinoedd, oeddwn gynt:
Griwn gan mawrwynt ac oerni moroedd.
Dioer wylwn am na welwn f'anwylyd -
Bonedd y meibion ban oedd ym mebyd,
Nid oedd wae annedwydd hyd y dyddiau,
Iw rhuddem hafau y chwarddem hefyd.
Un hwyr pan heliodd gwyll ir panylau
Ei ridens dieithr a dawns y duwiau,
Mi wybum weld y mab mau yn troi'n rhydd
O hen fagwyrydd dedwydd ei dadau.

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