Dioch for posting David ( btw self-promotion is positively encouraged on AC )
Argae Llanwddyn a Llyn Evyrnwy
This reminds me of the poem under the title of Yr Argae which I enclose with my self promoting attempt at "translation"
(Llanwddyn Dam and Lake Vyrnwy)
Lake Vyrnwy was created when work on a dam to supply water to Liverpool was built. In order to create the Lake the whole valley behind the dam was to be flooded. This valley contained the old village of Llanwddyn. People still lived in the village as the dam was being constructed, but down the valley in front of the dam the Liverpool Corporation built the new village also today called Llanwddyn. The Dam was started in 1881 and completed in 1888. It was the first large stone-built dam in the United Kingdom, and is built partly out of great blocks of Welsh slate. In all two chapels, three inns, ten farmhouses, and 37 houses were all to be lost under the reservoir. Even the remains of bodies from the chapel's cemeteries were removed before the flood, and re-buried respectfully in the new church cemetery. During a dry summer or a mild winter, you can see the ruins of the old village.
As John Evans said in his ode Yr Argae that won the Chair at the Ystradgynlais National Eisteddfod in1954:
Llanwddyn yn llyn heddiw dinodded
Ei anheddau chwilfriw;
Tan genlli tonnog unlliw
Allorau bro'n y llawr briw.
Troi'r cwm yn fedd rhyfeddol yn rhwth gell
Wrth y gaer gadarnaf;
O ffoi'r hud, ni ddeffry haf.
Hen ias ar Gynonisaf.
A lake today is Llanwddyn unprotected
Its shattered dwellings;
Beneath the pale turbulent deluge
The vales altars lie on its bruised floor.
The valley turned into a strange grave a gaping cell
Beside the mightiest stronghold;
Since the magic fled, summer will not reawaken,
And ancient chills beset Lower Cynon.
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