Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A Nations Hero :- An Ode to Owain Glyn Dwr ( 1354- 1416)

Not a lot of people know this but September 16th marks Dydd Owain Glyn Dwr/Owain Glyn Dwr,Welsh/Cymry natonal hero, known in English as Owen Glendower in honor of the uprising that began on this day, that sparked his stand against the English crown. The following is a poem in his honor

Hail Owain, a nation's hero,
heir to Cadwalder the blessed,
for years he wandered among his brethren,
never to be betrayed, defender of the common people,
resurrected the feeling of pride and love of country,

hatched and fed our fledgling dreams.
to this day his inspiration fires.

He saw the people of his land,
writhing under oppression,
enduring life under tyranny and misrule,
poets through the centuries,
have sung of of their longing for his return,
that he would lead us again to freedom.

One fair day in September 1400,
Owain attacked the town of Ruthin,
raised his standard high,
plundered it and left it in flames,
he took possession of the lands of Lord Grey,
and in this way a Guerilla war was begun.

Welshmen hastened from all parts of the country to join him,
and in a short time he had a huge rebel army under his command,
over the coming years, great victories were heralded,
churches followed towns into flames
Marching to South Wales he destroyed the castles of Abergavenny 
                                                                                   and Crickhowel,
later Caerphilly and other castles fell,
Cardiff was attacked and the Bishops palace at Llandaff raised.

Henry IV planned to send many armies,
sent one to Owain's home at Sycarth,
and burned it to the ground,
but this saw Owain's army cutting of their supplies,
and saw them scuttling back to England in rapid haste.

At Machynlleth he created a Welsh Parliament,
and here was crowned Prince of Wales,
he told the Parliament gathered,
of his plans to build and create great Universities,
and promised to restore the old laws of Howell the Good,
with his strength and power he wanted to use it for
                                                            the good of the land. 

King Henry sadly stopped him in his tracks,
In 1405 took vengeance, many Welsh soldiers were slain,
soon for Owain, came defeat after defeat,
but faithful friends clung to him to the end,
until Owain simply disapeared,
to this day his resting place remains unknown.

Centuries now have passed, but his name forever honored
by us Cymry, because he was the peoples champion,
and his ideals still continue to inspire his nation,
and remains forever in our hearts,
still haunted by this lightning vision of time,
when its people were free,
his light shines on all,
who believe in the Cymraec dream. 

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