nance from the London newspapers and radio. But were not these kind people made more soft-headed than ever in their understanding and awareness of Wales by the hullabaloo of the coronation?
On turning to the New Testament for light on a subject as complex as acknowledging and ordaining the terrestrial head of Christian society, it appears that the Apostle Paul, if some of his sayings are to be taken literally and in their entirety, sometimes contradicts himself dangerously, and that he is as inconsistent as anyone — a not inconsiderable solace, surely, for another inconsistent man like me. Because he says, for example, with his usual certitude, at the opening of the twelfth chapter of Romans: 'And be not conformed to this world', and so on. And yet, here he is, in the first verse of the following chapter, laying it down just as firmly: 'Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers' et cetera. And there, in two verses, we have the double-cutting edge of the sword which separates Non- conformity from Church Authority, the one from the other — the still small voice, and the voice of the council.
From what I understood at the time (I heard differently later on), there were two houses in Great Britain which didn't put out flags on the day of the last coronation — and this for the same reason. Buckingham Palace was one. There was no need to wave a flag there, said the commentator from the rooftops. And our house was the other. There was no need for it there, either.
Y Ddraig Goch ( 25, 1953),
Y Gaseg Ddu (Gwasg Gomer, 1970)
E. Tegla Davies
I wonder how these people facing me in their seats see me, and how I see them? They are what they are for me because I am what I am for them.
There was the time I left home for three days of preaching. Two days before I set out a child of mine had been taken ill with pneumonia. My heart was downcast as I left home, and the child in his agony
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Publication information: Book title: Illuminations:An Anthology of Welsh Short Prose. Contributors: Meic Stephens - Translator. Publisher: Welsh Academic Press. Place of publication: Cardiff, Wales. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 72.
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