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Posted: February 7th. 2011 12:45:57 PM

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Gwydyon’s Diatribe

by Kynran

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Age Group: Adult

Lo the wrath of My kinsmen
And cry of The warband
Have smashed the Great Barrier
Twixt Abred and Ceugant.

With tumultuous thunderings
Rousèd was I,
Ever guided and called
By red phantoms of rage!
The battle is no longer
Thine, O Gwerin, (warband)
But of Gwydyon ap Dôn,
The Disposer of Wrath!

Hear well, thou enemy
Of this mighty Cantrydd. (kingdom)
Approaches a whirlwind
From my gauntlet of death
In which echoes the belling
Of ravening hounds -
A-thirsting for blood
As they seek out thy threshold.
O unjust viper
Of monstrous putrescence,
Thou cursèd diffuser
Of evil and treachery,
Hard in pursuit
And on leathern wings
Fly the terrible Dragons
Of Royal Beleu,
Their talons of iron
To slash soul from body.

O black night winds
Of veilèd Eryri,
On spur my steed
To full rampant slaughter!

Then stifled in fear
Must thou turn to behold
The countenance dread
Of thy vengeful pursuer,
The gen'rous Bestower
Of fierce devastation,
Scything viciousness,

With upraised broad-axe,
Shatter and split I
Thy loathsome helm
That thy skull, now a-gape
In torment exquisite,
Swift vomit forth
Its black raging evil -
A disgust to the righteous!
Anon shall the wine-press
Of Annwn's abyss
Grind all that compriseth
Thine unspeakable foulness,
To scatter it forth
In the charnel-house drear.

With spear that has rent
Full million asunder,
Transfix I and force thee
To inglorious submission
Firm on the rim
Of enthralling Kylch Abred. (wheel of rebirth)

Thus do I chain thee
With terror encramped,
As Blade of Destruction,
First poised o'er the heart,
Thrusts downward to impale
That vile organ of malice
And blast thee anew
Through the chill Gate of Ochren!
(Ochren = place of departed spirits)

Emelltith Gwydyon ap Dôn
A'r hon Gymry oll!
(The curse of Gwydyon ap Dôn
And that of all Wales!)

Tranc At Y Gelyn!
(Death to the enemy!)

copyright © Kynran 1968

Author's Notes: In the 4th branch of The Mabinogion it is simply stated:-
“Those two men were put opposite one another, they were armed and they went into combat. Through strength and valour, aggression and enchantment Gwydyon prevailed and Pryderi was killed. He was buried at Maen Tyuynawc, above Velen Rhyd, and there his grave is.” (This is the translation from Middle Welsh.)

Now here is what I imagined some 43 years ago the thoughts of Gwydyon Ap Dôn to be during his duel with Pryderi . I heard this diatribe build up in Gwydyon’s mind as I wrote it – a vicious procession of thoughts marching ever on as grew the battle-rage which finally obliterates his adversary. (This is the Sun God in his aspect of Brenhin Cadeu - King of Battles.)

Each line has 2 major beats like blows of a sword or battle axe which are maintained relentlessly to the end when the coup de grâce is given. The last 3 lines are in Middle Welsh – the original language of The Red Book Hergest and The White Book Rhydderch whence the inspiration of the Mabinogion was drawn. I just had to add these to wrench the mind back to the scene of a Welsh duel from pre-history.

Author's Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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