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25th May 2015: An Undeserving Workman

The englyn, a strict-meter form with a caesura in the first line, nevertheless encompasses a wide range of moods within a single quatrain. This traditional englyn, which I presented to poetry students at Manchester University along with my own translation, has something of a glint in its eye:

Fy Nuw, gwêl finnau, Owen — trugarha
At ryw grydd aflawen
Fel y gwnawn pe bawn i’n ben
Nef, a thi o fath Owen.

My God, look on me, Owen — have mercy
On an undeserving workman
As I would, were I King of Heaven,
And you a paltry thing like Owen.

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