Illuminations: An Anthology of Welsh Short Prose

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whose beauty is a tribulation to it among a crowd of people. Yet, however strenuous the attempt, when I look again, it is not a whit nearer the end of its journey. But the earth comes and goes with the moon. When it disappears, the slopes of the hill and its cottages disappear too, and there is only a gleam or two hanging in the emptiness to mark where they once had been. When it appears, the mountain re-appears in the guise of a mountain's ghost, and the houses like the ghosts of houses, because no sooner do they appear than they vanish. In the mean while, between the squalls of the wind, I hear the sound of singing coming from the direction of the largest light among those I see in front of me. Suddenly it goes out, as the Llanddwyn light goes out, but not, like it, to come on again, for in the next instant the moon lights up the dark windows of the Cwm chapel.

Y Brython (23 Rhagfyr, 1920),
Rhyddiaith R. Williams Parry (gol. Bedwyr Lewis Jones, Gwasg Gee, 1974)


The Late Lemuel Parry, Esq., J.P., O.B.E.

W. J. Gruffydd

Only a few people in Wales have not heard about our dear, lately departed brother, Lemuel Parry, Esq., J.P., O.B.E., and the fragrance of his memory will remain among us for many years to come. This good servant was called from his labour to his reward at about a quarter-past seven o'clock on the fifth of May 1922, when the family was about to sit down to dinner, and so twelve months have passed since he was carried to his bed for the very last time, and I am grateful now for this opportunity of giving a sketch of his useful and self-sacrificing life.

The subject of this obituary was born on a Saturday evening, the fifth of May, in the year 1850, when the whole family except one was at supper, in a low, mean cottage known as the Twmp in the parish of Llanfihangel Mechdeyrn1 in the county of Caernarfon. His father was a labourer, yet as honest as any gentleman in the district; at least,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • The Village School 1
  • Fear of the Sea 7
  • A Windy Night 9
  • The Late Lemuel Parry, Esq., J.P., O.B.E. 12
  • On Drowning a Cat 18
  • The House Across the Way 21
  • Weobley and St. Emilion 25
  • The Man in the Street 28
  • Old Dent 31
  • On Collecting Roads 34
  • 'their Land They Shall Lose' 42
  • The Red Flag 46
  • Strolling Players 50
  • One Sunday Afternoon 57
  • Salem 61
  • A Trip to the Circus 63
  • Thoughts on Coronation Day, 1953 68
  • From the Pulpit 72
  • How to Choose and Treat a Wife 77
  • To the Mountain 83
  • The Imperative Upon Me 88
  • Disenchantment 92
  • The Hiring Fair 94
  • The Man at Chapel House 97
  • Question and Answer 102
  • The Little Llandeilo Boots 105
  • My Last Day in Prison 108
  • A Discovery 118
  • A Land of Romance 121
  • Hi-Ho! 129
  • Ancestors 133
  • While Shaving 138
  • Of Time and Distance 141
  • A Methodist Deacon's Advice 146
  • Of Violets and Bells 148
  • Remembering Mrs Newbould 151
  • Good Morning, Lloyd 156
  • In Modesty and Trembling 162
  • Christmasn in the Valley 166
  • On Stammering 169
  • Butlins 172
  • A Millionaire 176
  • A Scene from Military Life 178
  • An Exile 180
  • The Fox Under Glass 183
  • A Doctor's Medicine 186
  • The Little Huts 189
  • Three Heads 191
  • On Memory 198
  • Uncle John's Boots 202
  • The Fur Coat 207
  • An Holy Kiss 214
  • Notes on Authors and Texts 217
  • Acknowledgements 238
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