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WELSH NATIONAL ANTHEM
HEN WLAD FY NHADAU

 

The words of the Welsh National Anthem date from January 1856 and were printed two years later, in 1858. Until then Wales had no National Anthem. The words are attributed to Evan James from Pontypridd and his son, James James, inspired by an old melody composed for the harp, set the words to music. The Anthem was sung at the National Eisteddfod in 1874 and since then has been recognised as a true expression of Welsh national sentiment. It is uncertain when the piece was adopted as the Welsh National Anthem. It should be sung in Welsh only, the language, of course, being an integral part of Welsh national identity. The difficulties encountered in translating the Welsh accounts for a variety of renderings in English.

 

Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.


Cytgan
Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur
I'r bur hoffbau,
O bydded i'r heniaith barhau.


Hen Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y bardd,
Pob dyffryn, pob clogwyn, i'm golwg sydd hardd;
Trwy deimlad gwladgarol, mor swynol yw si
Ei nentydd, afonydd, i mi.

Cytgan

 

Os treisiodd y gelyn fy ngwlad dan ei droed,
Mae hen iaith y Gymry mor fyw ag erioed,
Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,
Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

Cytgan

 

Welsh National Anthem
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