Author Topic: Add: The Holly Tree (Y Gelynnen)


dmcg

Posted - 26 Nov 04 - 10:07 am

Now gather round my loving friends,
And let us praise the holly.
There's no tree grows in the wood
That is so bright and jolly.

(Chorus)
Fol-di-rol-di-ri-do, Fol-di-rid-dle-ri,
O fol-di-rol-di-ri-do!
There's no tree grows in the wood
That is so bright and jolly!

The ancient oak is very strong,
The yew is melancholy.
You can have them both so long
As you give me the holly!

The sparrows and the blackbird nest
In trees that please their folly,
But my sweetheart loves to rest
Beneath the shining holly!



Source: Singing Together, Autumn 1971, BBC Publications


Notes:

Welsh folk-song, with English words by Carlene Marr. Taken from Album of Welsh Folk Songs published by Chappell and Co Ltd.




Pip Freeman

Posted - 27 Nov 04 - 10:11 pm

I remember this carol sung in Welsh by my children. I must search for the Welsh words.

The carol is considered to be the Welsh inspiration fo the better known carol, 'Deck the Halls'



Pip Freeman

Posted - 27 Nov 04 - 10:27 pm

Here are the Welsh words.


Y GELYNNEN -

(1) Fy mw?¿n gyfeillion dewch yngh?¿d
Mewn pr?¿d i ganmol y glasbren
Pren canmolus gweddus gw?¿w
A'i enw ?¿w'r gelynnen

CYTGAN:

Ffal-di-rw-di-lam-tam, tw-li-ridl-di
Ffal-di-rw-di-lam-tam, tw-li
Pren canmolus gweddus gw?¿w
A'i enw ?¿w'r gelynnen

(2) I ba beth cyffelybaf hon?
I focsen gron, neu ywen
Neu r?¿w neuadd w?¿ch o blas
Ond ffeind ?¿w'r las gelynnen

CYTGAN

3) Pe bai'r eos hen un t?¿
Neu geiliog du'r fw?¿alchen
Hw?¿r y daw, a hir y trig
Tan gysgod brig gelynnen

CYTGAN

(4) Pe bai hi'n bwrw gaw neu od
Mi allwn fod yn llawen
Neu r?¿w dyw?¿dd a f'ai fw?¿
Does dim ddaw trw?¿'r gelynnen

CYTGAN

(5) Fe ddaw'r cynhaea i'r c?¿ll yn llawn
Pren noddol iawn ?¿w'r onnen
Ond tecach peth ?¿w'r g'lynen gl?¿d
Na'r eirin s?¿ h?¿d y ddraenen

CYTGAN

(6) A phan ddelo gwres yr haf
O ffeind a braf ?¿w'r fedwen
Ond pan ddelo'r gaeaf dig
Mae'n well dan frig gelynnen

CYTGAN



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