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LLWYD , Sir DAFYDD (otherwise Dafydd Llwyd, ysgolhaig , or Deio Ysgolhaig ), an Elizabethan poet ,

described in a volume of works and transcripts of Gwilym Pue (q.v.) (‘ Brithwaith Gwilym Pue ’) ( N.L.W. MS. 4710 ) as a charming little priest of Brecon (‘ lepidus ministellus Breconiensis ’). Three cywyddau by him, to a lady, have been preserved, with several verbal variants, in Cwrtmawr MS. 21 , Cardiff MS. 64 , N.L.W. MSS. 552, 832, 834, 5269 , and ‘ Cywydd y Pwrs ’ in N.L.W. MS. 4710 . His poetry lacks literary merit, and Gwilym Pue records that ‘ Cywydd y Pwrs ’ was included in his collection more for its charm and good humour (‘ propter leporem et hillaritatem ’ [ sic ]) than for its purity of language, which shows traces of English influences.


Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959