Author Topic: Add: The Bells of Aberdovey


Posted - 16 Oct 04 - 01:22 pm

Gaily ringing o'er the dales
Hear the silv'ry chime which hails
Those who come to fairest vales,
Greeting all to Aberdovey,
One, two, three, four how they ring!
And echoes answer as they sing,
The bells of Aberdovey.
Soft and clear thro' all the land,
The bells are calling clearly.
Ringing, Singing as we stand
In glades we love so dearly.
Welcome friends," we hear them say
"Welcome each and every day,
Listen all at work or play,"
Say the bells of Aberdovey.

Source: Singing Together, Summer 1968, BBC Publications

masato sakurai

Posted - 16 Oct 04 - 02:10 pm

Frank Kidson wrote in the entry "Welsh Music - Doubtful Melodies" in Grove:
Another illogical claim is for The Bells of Aberdovey (1844), which has long been included in Welsh collections as native of the soil, but is really the composition of Charles Dibdin, who, writing a song for it in broken Welsh, used it in his opera Liberty Hall (1786). Miss Williams, hearing it traditionally, published a version of it in her collection of 1844, and from that time onward it has been accepted as genuine Welsh. There is certainly no evidence to show that Dibdin used an existing tune (it was quite opposed to his practice), and no copy can be found except Dibdin's of a date prior to 1844.

Jon Freeman

Posted - 16 Oct 04 - 03:49 pm

I well remember singing:

Un, dau, tri, pedwar, pump, chwech, saith
Un, dau tri, pedwar, pump, chwech, saith
Meddai clychau Aberdyfi.

(One,two three, four, five, six, seven say the bells of Aberdovey) in primary school. I'll try to post a Welsh version later.


masato sakurai

Posted - 16 Oct 04 - 04:20 pm

Welsh title is "Clychau Aberdyfi"; lyrics are here, and here. According to this page, "Clychau Aberdyfi" was written by John Ceiriog Hughes (1832-1887). The song was discussed as far as 1864 in Notes and Queries Vol. 6 3rd S. (146) Oct 15 1864 Page 310. There're other English translations: A.P. Graves's in The National Song Book, ed. by C.V. Stanford (Boosey, 1906, pp. 170-71); and Peter John Stephens's in Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, ed. by William Cole (Charles Hansen, 1961, 1969, pp. 186-88).

Edited By masato sakurai - 16-Oct-2004 04:29:27 PM

masato sakurai

Posted - 16 Oct 04 - 04:49 pm

From "True Pictures Among The Poor. The Bells Of Aberdovey" (Scribner's magazine. / Volume 16, Issue 5, November, 1894).

In the peaceful evening time,
Oft I listened to the chime,
To the dulcet, ringing rhyme,
Of the bells of Aberdovey.
One, two, three, four, Hark! they ring!
Ah! long-lost thoughts to me they bring,
Those sweet bells of Aberdovey.

I first heard them years ago
When, careless and light-hearted,
I thought not of coming woe,
Nor of bright days departed;
Now those hours are past and gone,
When the strife of life is done,
Peace is found in heaven alone,
Say the bells of Aberdovey.

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