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We feel assured that “ St. David's Day" will become an especial favourite
BY H. PENDEW.
'Mid tumults and alarms,
Led on the British arms;
Nor doubt the coming fray,
Of great St. David's Day.
Outnumber'd far his own,
For country, king, and throne !
They mark'd his brave display,
Upon St. David's Day.
Of this their hour of need,
The hero to mislead :
Perceived their craven play,
Upon St. David's Day.
“ A trophy bright and green,
In every helm be seen!
The Saxons' proud array,
Upon St. David's Day."
The crash of spear and bow;
The Welshman from his foe !
• The real origin of wearing the leek upon the 1st of March is involved in considerable obsc'irity. The above song, however, embodies the most commonly received tradition on the subject. The hero here referred to is supposed to have been Cadwallon, the son of Cadvan, who in the year 630 assumed the title of King of the Britons, and for a period of thirty years successfully waged war against the Saxons in the “north countrie." He is said to have been triumphant in fourteen great battles and sixty skirmishes. In which of these it was that he had recourse to the stratagem referred to in the song, cannot be even surmised.- For a brief account of Cadwallon's achievements, see Turner's History of the Anglo Saxons, vol. i. p. 318.
The Saxons made a stout defence,
But fled at length away,
Upou Št. David's Day.
Whate'er may be our lot,
Shall never be forgot;
Whatever others may,
Upon St. David's Day. We have reserved for our closing remarks a notice of “ The Norman Horse Shoe,” a poem written by Sir Walter Scott, and adapted to the fine old Welsh air of the “ War Song of the Men of Glamorgan,” which was appropriately selected to open the second act of the concert. This beautiful piece had been harınouised and arranged for four voices, and a chorus, with full orchestral accompaniments, by J. Goss, Esq. Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music; and we congratulate that gentleman upon the complete success which has attended his effort to infuse the “soul of ancient song" into his performance. For even we, Saxons as we are, felt our feel. ings carried back involuntarily to those spirit-stirring times described by the poet
“ When Clare's red banner, floating wide,
Rollid down the stream to Severu's tide!" The concert concluded as usual with “God save the King," and the company separated, all of them, we feel assured, delighted with the treat which the patriotism and nationality of a few spirited Cambrians had catered for them upon the occasion, and which we hope they may live long to repeat upon many St. David's days yet to come.—Cheltenham Chronicle.
Diocese of Bangor.-On the 25th of January last, upon the nomination of the Rev. Hugh Price, M.A. the Lord Bishop of the Diocese was pleased to license, by commission, the Rev. T. B. L. Browne, B. A. Scholar of Jesus College, Oxford, to the Curacy of Llaugelynin, Caernarvonshire.Commissary the Rev. John Owen, M.A.
The Rev. Evan Owen Hughes, Clerk, M.A. late curate of Llanidan, in the county of Anglesey, has been instituted by the Rev. Henry Rowlands, (Commissary for that purpose appointed by the Lord Bishop of this diocese) to the vicarage of Llanbadrig, in the said county, vacant by the death of the Rev. John Ellis, Clerk, the last incumbent. Patron, the King.
The Rev. John Prichard, A. M. to the perpetual Curacy of Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog and Llanffinan, in the said county; void by the cession of the Rev. William Warren, A. M. Patron, Very Rev. the Dean of Bangor.
The Rev. Hugh Thomas, A. M. to the perpetual Curacy of Llanfrothen, Merionethshire. Patron, Sir Robert William E. S. Vaughan, Bart. M. P.; and also to that of Llanelltyd, in the said county. Patron, Griffith ap Howell Vaughan, Esq.; both void by the cession of the Rev. liugh Prichard, A.B.
The Rev. J. Temple, M. A. of Lane End, has been presented to the living of Plemshall, near Chester, by the Earl of Bradford, vacant by the death of the Hon. and Rev. George Bridgeman.
The Lord Bishop of St. David's has been pleased to license by Commission the Rev. David Williams, of Cwmdû, in the county of Brecon, to the perpetual Curacy of Cilcwm, Caermarthenshire, upon the presentation of Thynne Howe Gwynne, Esq.-Commissary, Rev. D. A. Williams.
The Rev. David Williams, Clerk, A. M. curate of Clynnog, has been instituted by the Rev. J. W. Trevor, (as Commissary for that purpose appointed by the Lord Bishop of the diocese,) to the Rectory of Meylltyrne, in the chapelry of Bottwnog, vacant by the death of the Rev. Johú Jones, clerk, the last incumbent.
The Rev. Wm. Sutcliffe, B. A. curate of Congleton, has been licensed to the perpetual Curacy of Bosley, near Macclesfield, by the Lord Bishop of Chester. Patron, Rev. J. B. Brown, Vicar of Prestbury.
The Rev. John William Trevor, clerk, A. M. vicar of Carnarvon, andone of the examining chaplains of the Lord Bishop of the diocese, has been collated and installed to the Treasurership of Bangor Cathedral, vacant by the death of the Rev. Thos. Ellis, clerk. Patron, the said Lord Bishop.
The Rev.John Jones, B. D.P. curate of Holyhead, and Welsh examining chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Bangor, was collated to the Rectory of Llanfachrath, Anglesey. Patron, the Lord Bishop of Bangor.--Commissary, the Rev. H. Wynne Jones, Treiorwerth.
The Lord Bishop of Bangor has been pleased to admit Mr. Edward Griffith Powell, a Proctor of the Ecclesiastical Court of Bangor.
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The income of this society, ending December 31, 1832, is ascertained to exceed £47,000.
The humble Petition of the members of the Gwynedigion Society, and
other natives of Wales, resident in London, to the Commons of
Great Britain, in Parliament assembled. Sheweth, That your petitioners view with regret the unpopularity of the Established Church in the Principality of Wales, emanating from a want of attachment to the dignified clergy, who are strangers, and totally unacquainted with the language of the people.
That your petitioners beg to state, the Welsh or ancient British is the only language understood and spoken by at least nine tenths of the population of Wales.
That the religious ceremonies of confirming children, and consecrating churches, whilst performed in an unknown tongue, only serve to render religion ridiculous in the eyes of the majority of the people.
That your petitioners duly appreciate the merits of the present prelates, while they deplore for the interests of the Established Church and religion in Wales, that, since the accession of the House of Hanover to the throve of these realms, there has not been one bishop appointed to the Welsh dioceses, acquainted with the language of the country.
That your petitioners humbly conceive that the appointment of a Welsh professorship in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, (thereby affording to such as were likely to be officially engaged in the Principality, an opportunity of acquiring a proficiency in the language of the country,) would greatly tend to allay the prejudice so universally felt against the Established Church in Wales.
That your petitioners, from their intimate knowledge of the feelings of their countrymen, (and from the sentiments unanimously expressed in the numerous periodicals, published and disseminated throughout the Principality,) humbly represent to your honorable house the expediency of a regulation to render it imperative on the expounders of their religion and their laws, to make themselves acquainted with the language of the people amongst whom they officiate.
That your petitioners hope that these subjects will be taken into consideration, and that such reform and alterations will take place as may seem meet to your honourable house.
And your petitioners, &c.
Eilun o Ddeiseb Cymmry yn Nghaerludd, cylch ei chyvlwynaw at y Senedd.
At Gyfredinion aurhydeddus y Gyvdeirnas yn y senedd yn gynnulledig,
Deiseb ostyngedig y Cymmry isenwawl trigiannawl yn Nghaerludd. A vynega, — Bod eich deisebwyr, ynghyd ag eu cydwdladwyr yn gyfredin, yn nodedig am eu goddevedd, ac eu hymddygiad gweddaidd tra dygynt eu rhan o vaich y wladwriaeth.
Y cyvriva eich deisebwyr eu hunain vel tystion yn ymddangaws ger bron “ UCHEL LYS Y Senedd”i draethu gwireddau diammheuawl, a wasga gyda chaledi neilltuawl ar y dywysogaeth, a hyderynt ar uniondeb a doethineb y llys uchel hwnw, i ystyried eu gweddi, a symud gormedd eu cwyn,er eu gosodi yn gydradd ag eu cyvddeiliaid y saeson.
Y gobeithia eich deisebwyr yn ddivrivawl na oddeva Senedd ddywigiedig idd ein heg wys wladawl barhau yn vaich ar y dywysogaeth, ond bydd idd chie ty anrhydeddus ddarparu moddion, er ei gwneyd yn oferyn dysgeidiaeth crevyddawl, trwy vyny bod ei hurddolion ac ei llenwyr, y rhai a gynnelir ar draul y llywodraeth, yn gymwys i weini yn yr iaith Gymraeg, unig iaith y bobl.
Deisyva eich deisebwyr yn ostyngedig ar vod yr un cymhwysderau, yn ovynawl yn yr holl varnwyr, heddyngnaid, a swyddogion gwladawl ereill yn y dywysogaeth: a chan vod Cymmry nodedig yn mhlith ysgolorion yr oes, a chan y bernir yn anhebgorawl, gael gwddorion ieithodd ereill, ervynia eich deisebwyr ar eich ty anrhydeddus gyvlawni y weithred gyviawn hon i ddeiliaid fyddlawn, trwy ovalu pennodi gwyddoriaeth gymmreig yn ein priv athrovau.
assembled; the humble Petition of the under-signed Welshmen,
resident in London, Sheweth,— That your petitioners, in common with their fellow-countrymen, while they have borne their share of the burdens of the country, have always been noted for their patience and orderly demeanour.
That your petitioners consider themselves as witnesses who appear before the “ High Court of ParliamENT,'' to state indisputable matters of fact, which bear with peculiar hardship upon the Principality, and they rely on the justice and wisdom of that high court to respect their prayer, and remove the grievance under which they labour, so as to place them on an equality with their English fellow-subjects.
That your petitioners seriously hope, that a reformed parliament will not allow our national church to remain a mere burden upon the Principality; but that your honourable house will provide means to render it an instrument of religious instruction, by requiring that its dignitaries and clergy, supported at the public expense, should be qualified to officiate in the Welsh language, the only language of the people.
That your petitioners humbly pray, the same qualification may be required of all judges, magistrates, and other public functionaries in Wales: and while there are Welshmen distinguished amongst the scholars of the age, and professors of other languages are deemed indispensable, your petitioners pray your honourable house to secure the attainment of this act of justice to a loyal people, by providing for the appointment of a Welsh professorship in each of our universities. To the honorable the Commons of Great Britain und Ireland, in Parlia
ment assemblea. The humble Petition of the under-signed residents in the city of Chester
and its vicinity, being friendly to the Established Church, and con
nected with the Principality of Wales, Sheweth, That your petitioners are attached to the principles of the Church of England by education and conviction.
That they are nevertheless deeply impressed with a sense of the urgent necessity of applying a timely reform to those abuses which deform her system of administration.
That they beg respectfully to call the attention of your honourable house to those peculiar and aggravated grievances which impair the efficiency of the Church establishment in Wales, persuaded that in so doing they are embracing the best course that is open to them of evincing, at the present crisis, the sincerity of their regard for the interest of the Welsh people, and of the Church as an institution.
That it is unquestionable that every one of those prelates, who at present preside over the dioceses of Wales, are destitute of all knowledge of the language of the Welsh people.
That their ministerial labours, and the rite of confirmation, have consequently been long performed in a language unintelligible to the great majority of the inhabitants of that country; and many English clergymen, ignorant of the Welsh language, have been promoted to parishes in which that dialect exclusively prevails, though the twenty-fourth Article of the Church of England declares, that the celebration of the rites of religion, in a language not understood by the people, is a practice repugnant alike to the usages of the primitive church, and the spirit of the sacred scriptures.
That your petitioners humbly yet earnestly express their conviction, that the mode in which the Welsh bishoprics have been long filled, is not only a breach of a fundamental principle of the Church of England, but the leading cause of that inefficient course of administration which has so long prevailed in the Church in Wales, and which has had the effect of attaching to the principles of dissent, a larger portion of the people of the Principality than of any other district in the United Kingdom.
That a great portion of the richest livings in North Wales are in the hands of individuals who are absentees from the Principality, while, on the other hand, many of the most populous and extensive districts are left to the care of curates, who are hardly provided with the necessary means of subsistence.
That many of the wealthiest parishes in North and South Wales are appropriated to bishoprics and sinecures in remote parts of England, an appropri