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  • Taliesin's one of my favorites. When I was a kid, I read A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond, and I was hooked (as it were).

    April 18, 2012

  • "I have come to salvage Elphin's honor and his freedom. Taliesin am I, primary chief bard to Elphin.
    "Primary chief poet Am I to Elphin. And my native country Is the place of the Summer Stars.
    "John the Divine Called me Merlin, But all future kings Shall call me Taliesin.
    "I was nine full months In the womb of Ceridwen. Before that I was Gwion, But now I am Taliesin."I was with my king In the heavens When Lucifer fell Into the deepest hell.
    "I carried the banner Before Alexander. I know the names of the stars From the North to the South.
    "I was in Caer Bedion Tetragrammaton. I accompanied Heon To the vale of Hebron.
    "I was in the canon When Absalom was slain. I was in Llys Don Before the birth of Gwydion.
    "I was patriarch To Elijah and Enoch. I was there at the crucifixion Of the merciful Mabon.
    "I was the foreman At the construction of Nimrod's Tower. I was three times In the prison of Arianrhod.
    "I was in the ark With Noah and Alpha I witnessed the destruction Of Sodom and Gomorrah.
    "I was in Africa Before the building of Rome. I came here To the remnant of Troy
    "I was with the Lord In the manger of the ass. I upheld Moses Through the water of Jordan.
    "I was at the Cross With Mary Magdalene. I received the muse From Ceridwen's cauldron.
    "I was a harping bard To Deon of Lochlin. I have gone hungry For the Righteous One. "I was at the White Mount in the court of Cynfelyn. In stocks and in fetters For a year and a day.
    "I was in the larder In the land of the Trinity. And no-one knows whether my body Is flesh or fish.
    "I was instructor To the whole universe. I shall be until the judgement On the face of the Earth.
    "I have sat in the perilous seat Above Caer Sidi. I shall continue to revolve Between the three elements.
    "There is a marvel in the world Which I cannot reveal."

    April 17, 2012

  • "Fair Elphin, cease your lament! Swearing profits no-one. It is not evil to hope.Nor does any man see what supports him, Not an empty treasure is the prayer of Cynllo, Nor does God break his promise. No catch in Gwyddno's weir Was ever as good as tonight's.
    "Fair Elphin, dry your cheeks! Such sorrow does not become you, Although you consider yourself cheated. Excessive sorrow gains nothing, Nor will doubting God's miracles. Although I am small, I am skilful. From the sea and the mountain, From the river's depth God gives His gifts to the blessed.
    "Elphin of the generous spirit, Cowardly is your purpose, You must not grieve so heavily. Better are good than evil omens. though I am weak and small, Spumed with Dylan's wave, I shall be better for you Than three hundred shares of salmon.
    "Elphin of noble generosity, Do not sorrow at your catch. Though I am weak on the floor of my basket, There are wonders on my tongue.
    "While I am watching over you, no great need will overcome you. be mindful of the name of the Trinity And none shall overcome you."

    April 17, 2012

  • finder of the radiant brow "Taliesin"

    April 17, 2012