It was mainly his poetical works that brought him into prominence — his winning poems at the national eisteddfod , particularly his awdl ‘ Y Ffordd ’ in 1953 and pryddest ‘ Y Bannau ’ in 1954 . He published Cerddi'r Plant ( 1936 ), with Waldo Williams ; and a selection of his poems in Tir Hela ( 1956 ); he composed poems for W. Rhys Nicholas (ed.), Beirdd Penfro ( 1961 ). One of his characteristics as a poet was his ability to experiment, without rejecting tradition. Two of his hymns appear in Y Llawlyfr Moliant Newydd ( 1955 ), and he was the author of the popular song, ‘ Pwy fydd yma ‘mhen can mlynedd ’, in 1943 . He was for a time editor of ‘ Colofn yr awen ’, a column for poets in Seren Cymru , and was a member of the Carmarthenshire team of poets for the contests of Ymryson y Beirdd .
He was also a prolific writer of prose , which may, possibly, prove to be more long-lasting. He published Rhamant Rhydwilym ( 1939 ), a useful sketch of the history of the cause (in conjunction with the secretary , John Absalom ); Hen ddwylo ( 1941 ), containing portraits of ‘characters’ of his early days at the foot of the Prescelly hills ; Tua'r cyfnos ( 1943 ), a prize-winning novel in a competition held by Llyfrau'r Dryw ; a biography of Thomas Phillips, 1868-1936 ( 1946 ), Principal of the Baptist College Cardiff ( DWB , 762-3 ); Dan y sêr , a programme presented by Urdd y Seren Fore at the Assembly of the Baptist Union of Wales at Brynaman , 1948 ; and two travel books, Crwydro Sir Benfro ( 1958 , 1960 ). He was also responsible for the weekly column, ‘ Yn y ty wrth y tân ’, in The South Wales Guardian .
On 11 Aug. 1936 he m. at Rhydwilym Eiluned James , Maenclochog , and they had a daughter. He d. suddenly on 17 Jan. 1960 , and was buried in Rhydwilym cemetery. A memorial service was held at Rhydwilym , 5 Feb. 1960 , and a programme was performed at Maenclochog on 21 Mar. 1979 as a tribute to him.
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001