Monday, 16 August 2010

A PORTRAIT OF A POET by Lewis Morris (1700 - 1765)

I wonder how the poor devil of an offeiriad ( priest ) goes on now. I don't hear anything of his being to be turned out. I suppose they don't drink as much as they did, poverty hinders them, and the alehouse will not give them credit. Nawdd Duw rhag y fath ddyn! ( God protect us from such a man! ) What beggar, tinker, or sowgelder ever groped more in the dirt? A tomturd man is a gentleman to him. The juice of tobbacco in two strams runs out of his mouth. He drinks gin or beer till he cannot see his way home and has not half the sense of an ass, rowls in the mire like a pig, runs through the streets with a pot in his hand to look out for beer; looks wild like a mountsain cat, and yet whenhe is sober his good angel returns and he writes verses sweeter than honey and stronger than wine. How is this to be solved? His body is borrowed or descended from the dregs of mankind and his spirit from among the celestial choir: what a stinking dirty habitation it must have.

From: 'Morris Letters'


  1. "Tomturd man" - dw i'n lico hynny.

    Diolch am y blog 'ma, Dave. Dw i ddim yn gadael sylw yn ddigon aml, ond dw i'n dilyn trwy GoogleReader ac mae wastad stwff diddorol yma.

    Reit, eisiau ffeindio mwy am Lewis Morris nawr.

  2. croeso,diolch i ti am comment pob lwc i ffeindio mwy am Mr Morris.

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