Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of verse used at the Welsh eisteddfod, in which the singer has to adapt his words and measure to the playing of a harper who changes the tune, the time, etc., and introduces variations.
“I did not rise of course, for I never forget myself a moment, but I told him to sit down, and added, that after I had finished the pennill I was engaged upon, I would speak to him.”
“Mae'r gerdd pedair pennill yn cynnwys llinellau adnabyddus fel”
““Very good rhyme that, sir! though not so good as the pennill Cymraeg.”
“So I finished the pennill, deliberately, mind you, for I did not forget who I was, and then turning to Sir Richard entered upon business with him.””
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