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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Vol. I

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« Reply #225 on: October 23, 2009, 01:20:52 pm »

The ancient extraordinary character of the Coelbren of the Bards, or mystic letters, which, it is said, were the first known, was thus,--

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« Reply #227 on: October 23, 2009, 01:21:30 pm »

Another,

p. 72 p. 73

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« Reply #228 on: October 23, 2009, 01:21:52 pm »

and so with as many as one likes. Wherefore it is said, that with one letter, by modifying it as occasion required, the Bards of the Isle of Britain wrote whatever they liked in secret and mystery.

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« Reply #229 on: October 23, 2009, 01:22:06 pm »

From what has been exhibited are seen the modes of the Coelbrens, as they have been in various ages and times; they have also borne the names of those who taught them; thus,

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« Reply #230 on: October 23, 2009, 01:22:15 pm »

1. The old Coelbren, called also the primitive Coelbren, which was known to the Cymry before strange nations arrived in the island of Britain
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« Reply #231 on: October 23, 2009, 01:22:26 pm »

2. The Coelbren of eighteen, which is called the Coelbren of Taliesin, or the one of Talhaiarn.
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« Reply #232 on: October 23, 2009, 01:22:33 pm »

3. The Coelbren of twenty, which is called that of Ithel the Tawny. 1
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« Reply #233 on: October 23, 2009, 01:22:44 pm »

4. The Coelbren of twenty-four, which is called that of Howel the Good.
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« Reply #234 on: October 23, 2009, 01:22:58 pm »

5. The Long Coelbren, which is of three or four ways and modes.
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« Reply #235 on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:05 pm »

6. The Coelbren of Ystudvach; 2 and the Coelbren of Iorwerth the Gray-haired, 3 &c.
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« Reply #236 on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:16 pm »

7. The Coelbren of the Monks, after divers modes.





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« Reply #237 on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:25 pm »

Footnotes
73:1 p. 72 This could hardly have been the same as Ithel the Tawny, son of Llywelyn of the Golden Torque, in the middle of the 12th century. The number of his alphabet, being less than that of Howel the Good, who died A.D. 948, would require that he should have flourished before the latter date.

73:2 Ystudvach was a Bard who flourished in the early part of the fifth century.

73:3 p. 73 Iorwerth Vynglwyd, or the Gray-haired, was an eminent Poet, who was a disciple of the Glamorgan Gorsedd in 1460, and presided there in 1500.



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« Reply #238 on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:57 pm »

CLASSIFICATION OF THE LETTERS.

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« Reply #239 on: October 23, 2009, 01:24:06 pm »

The above Alphabets are from Llywelyn Sion. *

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