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MICHAEL , DAVID ( Dewi Afan ; 1842 - 1913 ); poet ,

b. at Llanelly 7 July 1842 . He was baptized at Penuel Baptist church , Cwmafan , later joining the new branch at Tabor , where he was elected a deacon . His poetry is generally of a Biblical and ethical character . His early works were published in a volume entitled Fy Ngwanwyn ( Aberdare , 1873 ), which was dedicated to his mother, Margaret Michael , and there subsequently appeared the Welsh words of Ruth a Naomi … A Cantata ( Cwmafan , 1876 ) and Gwaredigaeth Pedr o'r Carchar (3rd ed., Cwmafan , 1885 ; 1st ed., 1879 ; 2nd ed., 1880 ). He also published, with Llewelyn Griffiths ( Glan Afan ), two anthologies of contemporary poetry under the titles of Blodeu'r Beirdd ( Cwmafan , 1871 ), and Oriel y Beirdd ( Cwmafan , 1882 ). He d. 11 Aug. 1913 , leaving one daughter and four sons. Thomas Morgan ( Afanwyson ) (q.v.) was his nephew. He should not be confused with DAVID MICHAEL ( 1785 - 1860? ), harpist , of Merthyr Tydfil .

Sources:

  • Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 , i;
  • Llyfr Cerdd Dannau , 1913 ;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77
  • Seren Cymru , 10 Oct. 1913 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1913 , 351;
  • South Wales Daily News , 14 Aug. 1913.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959