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WELSH IDYLLS. When I wrote lately about Welsh Idylls being wanted in our English publications I little thought that the first one I should read afterwards would be found in so thoroughly English a periodical as Black and White, the most exquisitely illustrated weekly produced in London I make a point of taking it every week to send to my son in South America. In last week's number there appeared a touch- ing story called The Home-Coming," by Wilfrid Sparroy-surely an English name, but he has produced the peculiarities of a Welshman speaking English, giving the real- istic touch to the dialect which I pointed out as very necessary, and succeeding in it I a point I felt was wanting in some Welsh Idylls I had read. The only quotation I will make, is of a verse which is inserted in the story, how it comes in I must refer your readers to the journal to find out: We go to Caergwrle, And mix in tight melly And wass squash' to jelly By folk treading on our toes. There wass John Jones and Edward Morgan And William Williams of Glamorgan And Sir Watkin Wynne wass play organ To ef'ry man's delight! 6 The truth of this poetic effusion is open to doubt. A poet's licence has been taken. The hwyl," he calls a crooning recitative having the up-and-down intonation of a Welsh- man "-evidently the author is an Englishman or he would have given a more effective des- cription of a "hwyl." His "Daafitlaat" puzzled me for a few moments, but it must mean Dyfydd and lads. It was most appropriate that this should appear on St. David's Eve. MYNORYDD. ———

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