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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Giant Gwrveling Falls at Last
By Aneirin (fl. Sixth Century)
 
          [The bard tells the story of Gwrveling’s revelry, impulsive bravery, and final slaughter of the foe before yielding to their prowess.]

LIGHT of lights—the sun,
  Leader of the day,
First to rise and run
  His appointed way,
Crowned with many a ray,        5
  Seeks the British sky;
Sees the flight’s dismay,
  Sees the Britons fly.
The horn in Eiddin’s hall
  Had sparkled with the wine,        10
And thither, at a call
  To drink and be divine,
He went, to share the feast
  Of reapers, wine and mead.
He drank, and so increased        15
  His daring for wild deed.
The reapers sang of war
  That lifts its shining wings,
  Its shining wings of fire,
Its shields that flutter far.        20
The bards, too, sang of war,
Of plumed and crested war;
The song rose ever higher.
      Not a shield
    Escapes the shock,        25
      To the field
    They fiercely flock,—
      There to fall.
      But of all
Who struck on giant Gwrveling,        30
Whom he would he struck again,
All he struck in grave were lain,
Ere the bearers came to bring
To his grave stout Gwrveling.
 
 
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