GRUFFUDD ap GWRGENAU
Nothing remains of his work except (1) an elegiac
Gruffudd ap Cynan ab Owain Gwynedd
, who d. (A.D.
, and (2) a chain of
's grief at the loss of some of his friends. The
is quite unique among the elegies upon
, in that it gives second place to the lineage, the exploits, and generosity of the subject. The sentiments are not those of
heroic poetry, the poem being mainly a careful homily in keeping with the teachings of the
on the brittleness of human life, the evils that beset it, and the importance of coming to terms with
. It contains well-shaped lines of great intensity of feeling which remain long in the memory. In the
's lost friends are addressed by name, each in turn.
Llawysgrif Hendregadredd (N.L.W. MS. 6680)
24b, 25a, 76a;
The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales
David Myrddin Lloyd, M.A., (1909-81), Aberystwyth / Scotland