Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Graves)

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Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (1905)
by Evan James, translated by Alfred Percival Graves

Written and composed in January 1856. Though it has no official or legal status, this anthem is recognised and used at both national and local events in Wales. In the translation the second line reads "precipice proud" instead of "precipice". Translation from The National Songbook: (1905), London: Boosey & Co., p. 275; (see A Book of Manx Poetry [1913], pp. 67-68 for different version applying the song to Manx)

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O land of my fathers, O land of my love,
Dear mother of minstrels who kindle and move,
And hero on hero, who at honour's proud call,
For freedom their lifeblood let fall.

      Wales! Wales! O but my heart is with you!
      And long as the sea
      Your bulwark shall be,
      To Cymru my heart shall be true.

O land of the mountains, the bard's paradise,
Whose precipice proud, valleys lone as the skies,
Green murmuring forest, far echoing flood
Fire the fancy and quicken the blood.

For tho' the fierce foeman has ravaged your realm,
The old speech of Cymru he cannot o'erwhelm,
Our passionate poets to silence command
Or banish the harp from your strand.

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