Delyth Evans – “Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn” (Watching the White Wheat).

   And for today, I have a very sad, Welsh song about love, which is actually based on a true story. This version I am sharing with you is an instrumental harp rendition, from the very well-known on this blog Delyth Evans (currently Jenkins), but originally this song has lyrics. They tell the story of Ann Thomas and Will Hopcyn from Glamorganshire, who fell in love with each other, despite Ann belonged to a wealthy farming family, and Will was only a labourer. Ann’s mother really didn’t like it, so she decided that Ann would marry the sonn of a squire from the area. Will left the village of Llangynwyd where they lived. After months after Ann’s wedding, he had a dream that Ann’s husband died, but then when he came back to Ann it turned out that it was her who was dying, apparently due to a broken heart. She ended up dying in Will’s arms. Afterwards Will ended up marrying someone, but it was not a happy marriage. The song was collected by Maria Jane Williams. 

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