Illuminations: An Anthology of Welsh Short Prose

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the waves, going from one mountain to the next and, as it were, kissing the ridges of blue-white water.

And for the life of me I could only admire the old ship as it struggled so valiantly through it all. Marvellous and terrible are His powers; yea, and marvellously terrible too the devices of men who were created in His image, though I had never before seen or felt how close the connection.

I had four hours of bliss which were to leave their mark on my whole life, and blessed are they who have had such an experience. But while my soul was feasting joyously, my poor body was rigid with cold and fatigue; and most tenderly did the old captain show his concern for me, and he had the grace to remain silent, moreover, for his warm Irish nature understood that speech was not possible after so much emotion, and that my greatest need now was for rest, which I then took in all its sweetness. I was later informed that I had slept round the clock, and when I awoke and looked out through the port-hole, the sun was shining cheerfully and the green slopes of Portugal gradually coming into view, and Oh! the world was beautiful that morning; it had never been so lovely, and I had begun to live anew.

Gwymon y Môr ( Y Brodyr Owen, 1909)


A Windy Night

R. Williams Parry

I most prefer to listen to the wind within the walls of my own room. I have been out in it on the mountain; but this invisible one, which blinds men wherever they may be, also deafens them out there. Out there, when it gets up its roar, nothing else dares whisper. The course of the world is seen as if through a telescope, because the silence imposed by distance has been cast over everything. Nothing is heard of the train's chugging, as it fails to overtake its own smoke on the embankment below. It runs, moreover, on rubber rails. The trees twist upon themselves along the nearer slopes, but nothing that can be comprehended is to be heard of the moan. 'The waterfall's tumult!

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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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