About the Revival. REMARKABLE CONVERSIONS AT CARDIFF. Since the Revival broke out at Cardiff there have been several remarkable conversions, but none more so than some that took place on Sunday last in the Theatre Royal, where meet- ings were held in the afternoon and evening. As a result 2 2 converts were made, including a man who had been 15 years a local preacher on the Wesleyan plan, but for seven years had been living in sin. Drink was his greatest curse. So powerful was the hold it had upon him that his wife had to take him to his work and bring him back again at the close of the day, because unaided he was unable to pass the seven public-houses between his workshop and his home. So bad was he at one time that he broke his mother's heart, and she had been dead two years before he learned of her death. Still more remarkable was the conversion in the afternoon of the son of a Baptist minister. Dirty, ragged, his clothes stitched together with white cotton to prevent them falling to pieces; he made his way to the platform, where he sobbed in a heartrending manner. Afterwards he was taken to the Army home, given some tea, and another suit of clothes. So filthy and wretched were those taken from him that they had to be thrown into the canal. In the even- ing he appeared on the platform looking very comfortable and happy. He will not be allowed to drift, for he has given the address of his brother and his mother, who will be com- municated with. -Another case also calls for special mention. This was that of a ticket-of-leave man, who came out of prison only a week ago after serv- ing three years, and who has spent 12 years in prison altogether. He is well known in Cardiff as a desperate character. He is respectably connected, but on account of his life his relatives had refused to have anything to do with him. Other conversions there were re- markable in their way, but less noteworthy than the three cases named.
BISHOP OF BATH AND WELLS AND THE CRITICS. Preaching at Weston-super-Mare on Sunday, the Bishop of Bath and Wells said that in spite of what we were told on good authority of the really good and wonderful effect of the Revival in Wales, some people were ready enough to cavil and find fault with extravagances which here and there must inevitably mark any such great movement.
WHAT THE "CATHOLIC TIMES" SAYS ABOUT IT. The last number of the Catholic Times con- tains a very interesting and sympathetic article, from which we make the following extract:— Although the Welsh Revival is not a matter with which Catholics are directly concerned, still on the broad principles of religion and humanity it is difficult to forbear following the movement with a certain interest, if not with sympathy. It must not be forgotten that in the Welsh we have a people deeply religious at heart, in this perhaps second only to the Irish. Do we believe?" asked the Daily Telegraph, and the answer of the sceptic came not back from the Principality. As a matter of fact, the Welsh people retained their Catholic creed and their Catholic instincts long after the "Refor- mation," and even to-day there are numerous relics of the ancient Faith to those who know where to look for them. Spiritual Awakening. The Welsh—in common with all Kelts-have their times and seasons of spiritual awakening. There were several such in the eighteenth century, and more than one in the nineteenth, and to the influence of these no doubt all that is sober and serious and of good report in Non- conformity is to be accredited. Catholics would do well not to permit themselves to be blind to the virtues of the non-Catholic Welshman. He has another aspect besides that which the mied instinctively connects with the political machina- tions of Mr. Lloyd-George and the sectarian propaganda of Dr. Clifford and his local coadjutors. The best type of Welsh Noncon- formist is a serious, honourable, right-living individual, bigoted, very, but treading with a firm step in the old path, believing with all his soul in Christ and the Atonement, attending his place of worship with a regularity that nothing can disturb, punctual (aye, till old age !) at his Sunday school, studying his Bible and revelling in sermons and theological discussions. True, he is a Protestant; but he protests (when he does so at all) against a bogey which would be just as odious in our eyes as his. Fruits of the Revival. "By their fruits ye shall know them," and there are few critics in Wales to-day who do not regard the Revival with respect. It has emptied the public-houses, and taken from the magistrates half their work. In the Rhondda, that cosmo- politan sink of disorder (not representative of Wales at all), it has worked a wonderful change, even in the depths of the mines. There are great industrial districts where Christmas did not yield a single case for the police-court The utmost that cynics are saying against the Revival to-day is that it will not last. It has not failed to strike those who have studied this remarkable movement that a principal secret lies in the singing. Singing did far more than the arch-heretic Luther to carry the Reformation through Germany, and here it is the same. The Welsh are children of song, and to hear some grand old hymn-tune rolled forth by a large and united congregation is to experience one of the most moving sensations within the limits i of human experience. The Welsh hymns have a depth and a pathos which is all their own. They breathe forth the heart- felt piety of a deeply religious and emotional race. General Result. Will Catholicism gain by the Revival ? Directly not much, if at all. Most of the converts who do not lapse will pass into the chapels, the rest into the Established Church. But in these days, when infidelity stalks rampant through the land, we who believe that we have the true light cannot surely be indifferent to any effort which proclaims the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent. After all, notwithstanding some of his views, the Revivalist is infinitely nearer to us than the indifferentist and the sceptic, and where it is hopeless to expect much we may be thankful for what there is. The Welsh will not be Catholic this year or next, but when they return to the Fold they will do so with all the fervour of a second Ireland. Not in vain did old Taliesin sing of his countrymen— Their Lord they will praise, Their language they will keep, Their land they shall lose- Except wild Wales.
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Ynghylch y Diwygiad. Y "SWN O'R NEF." Ac yn ddisymwth y daeth swn o'r nef. "-Actau ii. 2. Wedi blwyddi o swn y ddaear, mae'r swn o'r nef yn ein tir drachefn. Ni raid mwy ofyn ystyr "y swn seraffaidd nefol." Nid ydym mwyach yn credu ynddo oblegid ymadrodd y tadau; canys ni a'i clywsom ef ein hunain." Ac wele genedl eto yn cael ei geni mewn un dydd, a'r rhai fu'n hir yn eu beddau yn clywed lief nerthol yr Adgyfodiad a'r Bywyd. Pan ddychwel yr Arglwydd gaethiwed Cymru, yr ydym fel rhai yn breuddwydio. "Yr Arglwydd a wnaeth i ni bethau mawrion am hynny, yr ydym yn llawen." Mae'r rhai fu'n hau mewn dagrau yn medi mewn gorfoledd a'r rhai fu'n myned rhagddynt, gan ddwyn had gwerthfawr, ac yn wylo, yn dyfod mewn gorfoledd dan gludo eu hysgubau. Wedi blwyddi afradlon, mae Cymru'n cadw Sabbath. Mae'r "swn o'r nef yn ei llesmeirio, a lleferydd yr Iesu iddi etto fel y gwin. Mae rh) w dawelwch sanctaidd o'r ucheldir ac o'r pantle, o'r wlad ac o'r dref, o fynydd i for, yn sibrwd Llefara, Arglwydd, canys y mae Cymru'n clywed." Mae holl leisiau'r greadigaeth, Holl ddeniadau cnawd a byd, Wrth y llais hyfrydaf, tawel, Yn distewi a mynd yn fud. Nid yw pob Pentecost yn dod fel gwynt nerthol yn rhuthro." Daeth llawer Pentecost tawel, ond gorchfygol ei ddylanwad. Eithr gyda phob Diwygiad daw'r swn o'r nef" rhyw swn dieithr, hyfryd, anhebyg i bob peroriaeth byd rhyw swn Z!l y mae'r ysbryd yn ei glywed, ac nid y glust: a gwyn eu byd y bobl a adwaenant yr hyfrydlais." Dyma ddynion a rodiant, mwy, yn llewyrch wyneb yr Arglwydd. 1'r swn o'r nef, yn niwyg- iadau Cymru, dyg llu eu tystiolaeth; ac nid oes dystiolaeth bereiddiach na thystiolaeth y pergan- wyr. A da fydd deall fod llawer man glan a chyfan ar y Beirdd, yn nydd gweld llygad yn llygad," yn nydd dychwelyd caethiwed Seion. Ond odid mai gwell fydd dechreu gyda Phantycelyn, y Perganiedydd. Rhwydd fyddai dewis llawer engraifft o waith yr emynnydd a'r bardd melus i ddangos mor gyfarwydd oedd Wr swn o'r nef, oddiar y bore pan glywodd bregeth Howell Harris ym mynwent eglwys Talgarth,- bore y canodd am dano :— Dyma'r bore, byth mi gofiaf, Clywais innau lais y Nef; Daliwyd fi gan wys oddiuchod Gan ei swn dychrynllyd ef. Modd bynnag, rhaid i un engraifft wasanaethu, heddyw, o'r farwnad ar ol Daniel Rowlands. Mab y daran oedd Daniel Rowlands, ac ar gyfnod tywyll y cododd. Ar ol y bregeth wele'r argraff gyntaf:— Arswyd, syndod, dychryn ddaliodd Yr holl werin, fawr a man Nid oedd gwedd wynebp'yd ungwr Fel y gwelwyd ef o'r bla'n. Beth a wnawn am safio'n henaid ? Oedd yr unrhyw gydsain lef.- Chwi sy am wybod hanes Daniel, Dyma fel dechreuodd ef. Ac ar ol hyn wele'r swn "-y swn o'r nef" :— Daeth y swn dros fryniau Dewi, Megys fflam yn llosgi llin, Nes dadseinio creigydd Tywi, A hen gapel Ystrad-ffin Lie daeth siroedd yn finteioedd, Werin o aneirif ri', Wrth gref adsain udgorn gloew, Cenadwri'r netoedd fry. Pump o siroedd penaf Cymru Glywodd y taranau mawr A chwympasant gan y dychryn Megys celaneddau 'lawr Clwyfau gaed, a chwyfau dyfnion Ac fe fethwyd cael iachad, Nes cael eli o Galfaria, Dwylol ddwr a dwyfol wa'd. Ac mae'r swn yn eiddo i'r dyrfa wrth ddychwel adref, ac yn adsain o'u calonnau :— Mae'r torfeydd yn dychwel adref Mewn rhyw ysbryd llawen fryd, Wedi taflu 'lawr eu beichiau Oedd yn drymion iawn o hyd. Y flyrdd mawr yn frith o'r werin, Swn caniadau'r nefol O'n, Nes yw'r creigydd oer a'r cymydd Yn adseinio'r hyfryd d6n. GWILI yn y Geninen am Ionawr.