Welsh History 101
Keridwen oír Mynydd Gwyrdd
to ďThe Ash GroveĒ

1. If you ever wander
        Out by the Welsh border,
     Come stop by and see me
       And all my kin.
     Iím Morgan ap Dafydd
       Ap Guion ap Hywell
    Ap Ifor ap Madoc
       Ap Rhodri ap Gwyn
    Weíll feast you on mutton
       And harp for your pleasure,
    And give you a place
        To sleep out of the cold,
    Or maybe weíll meet you
       Out on the dark roadway
    And rob you of horses
        And weapons and gold.

2. My neighbor from England,
        Has come across raiding,
    Slain six of my kinsmen
       And burned down my hall.
    It cannot be borne
       This offence and injustice
    Iíve only killed four
       Of his last I recall.
    Iíll send for my neighbors,
       Llewellyn and Owain,
    Weíll cut him down
       As for the border he rides,
    But yesterday Owain
       Stole three of my cattle,
    And first Iíll retake them
       And three more besides.

3. We need a strong prince
          To direct our resistance,
      Heroic, impartial,
          Of noble degree.
      My brotherís wifeís fourth cousinís
   Fosterson Gruffydd
 Is the best for the job
   As Iím sure youíll agree.
 What matter that Rhys
   Is the old princeís nephew?
 Heís exiled to Ireland
   And will not return.
 I know this for every time
   Boats he is building,
 I send my spies money
   To see that they burn.

4. Last evening my brother
   And I were at war
 Over two feet of land
   On a boundary we share.
 But early this morning
   I hear heís been murdered,
 Iíll not rest until I
   Avenge him, I swear.
 Yes, we are just plain folks,
   Who mind our own business,
 Honest, and loyal,
   And full of good cheer.
 So if you should wander
   Out by the Welsh border,
 Come stop by and meet
   All the friendly folk here.