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CARDIFF CYMREIGYDDION SOCIETY. Oes y Byd i'r Iaith (ivmreie." Cyinru fn, sydd, ac a fydd?' PATRON, THE MOST NOBLE TH E M ARQU ESS OF BUTE. The Sixth Anniversary of this Society was held at the Town Hall Cardiff, on Monday, J. NICHOLL, Esq., M. P. President; The members met at the Aiigel Inn, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, and walked from thence in procession to the Town Hall; preceded by the flags and banners of the Cardiff, Cowbridgc, and Castleton Societies; and accompanied by the private baud of the Marquess of Bute, called "The Roval Gin morgan." The bel Is of the Church-rang merry throughout the morning but the rain which continued to fall in dripping showers, threw an air of gloom over the pro- ceedings, and prevented the attendance of many ladies and families, who would otherwise gladly, we doubt not, have been spectators of the scene. When the President took his seat in the hall, there was, despite the unfortunate weather, a very respectable assembly. The inspiriting strains of a national air, from the harp of Mr Jones, of Clifton, having ceased, The Chairman rose, and said it now became his duty to open as far as was consistent with his power and abilities,-th" proceedings of the day. The objects of these meetings had often been misrepresented. He was sure it was not their object or purpose, nor even a result to be expected from them, to foster national prejudices, or antipathies. They did not seek to check the career of improvement, nor to stay the progress of the English language. Far different, and ,uag more exalted, were the objects of those assemblies. Truly christian was their character,—to foster peace, and to cultivate good will to men. Their purpose was purely national; to encourage and maintain the study of the native literature and language: a language, at once one of the most ancient, copious, and flexible, of all. And in pursuing this purely national object, encouraging the progress of literature, and the love of learning, they by no means confined themselves to the Welsh language, but extended their defign to the love of learning, and tho literature of every lan- guage. It had been said by an old Roman Poet, that the loveof money increased according as the money itself inc-eased and it might be more beautifullv said of Imriiiiig,-tti,it the love of learning increased, according as its acquisition increased. Whoever had tasted of ;he pure and sacred stream, would wish to taste agaii. It was a stream that never palled upon the palati; it created a longing that could never be fully gratfied and it might safely be fed on without stint or linit. He wag quite satisfied that the love of learning and the literature of the national tongue, would enourage the study of the literature of other languages. Let them lo >k to Welshmen, and see if they confined themselves to their own language. Let them loot to some of their most distinguished men the crudit3 Chancellor of the Diocese, for instance and the Rev. Vlr Price, of Crickhowell, perhaps not even second tothe Rev. Bruce Knight, himself. They had trod the paths of learning, and not of their national language only, but also it, tile fields of Classic lore: and all vho were embued with a love of Welsii literature would be so also, he was sure, with that of other countries. Me who appreciated the beauties of Welsh poetry, would not despise those of Spencer, Shakspea'e, Bvron, and other English poets; nor would be disdain the eloquence of a Clarendon, a Hooker, a Robertson, or a Gibbon; nor yet hold lightly tie productions of an Addison, a Steele or a Swift. Such an one would not despise the knowledge of a Bacon, nor the graphic power of a Scott. If a knowledge and love of Welsh literature produced these good effects, who would not desire they should be extenled ? Whatever tended to instruct the mind, could net but chasten the dispositions of men and, in the beautiful language of another, he would add, that that which improves the understanding must tend to enlarjfo the heart. The speech, of which this if but a meagre outline, was interrupted throughout with bursts of applause. Mr Morgan Evans, of Caerphilly, addressed the meeting in Welsh, to the following clIect :-The principal feature and glory of the Welsh appears to consist in their nationality, and hearty p;ttriotisin.-i These they have manifested throughout past ages,in adhering to their language and customs, and in pre- serving their liberties and their rights. If we trace the historic page, in which the landing of the Romans in Britain is recorded, these noble principles were strikingly manifested in the firm resistance which ihc.y offered to their powerful foes, and they only yielded to the far more numerous army of Cmsar. Tlie courageous Druids of Anglesea most desperately opposed the malicious attacks of Paulinus and his villainous troops. Their nationality and love of country, stimulated them to the attempt they then made to ward off the direful blow, which threatened their beloved Wales. But who proved themselves the bravest of all Britons at that juncture 7 Were they not our ancestors the Silurians-the inhabitants of Gwent ancl Morganwg 7 They fousht until the soil was drenched with their blood, before they yielded up theii country to the invader. And this noble defence was made under the generalship of a native of Glamorgan, Caractacus, of immortal memory, who employed his sword in not less than thirty twy battles; nor was he conquered but hv the treachery of Cartesinnndua, Queen oi the Brigantcs. He could not do better than use the language of that noble Breton, the eloquent izio, in liis address at the Abergavenny anniversary. lheenrrgyj patriotism, and tas'o of the W elsli distinguish the in among the nations of the world. But through the goodness of Divine Providence, our fields were no longer fields of blood the swords had been converted into plouhshares, and the pi oughshares into pruning hooks; the people learned war no longer; peace and hrlrpllles prevailed. Yet the zealous and patriotic spirit continued to attach to their language and their custo'"8? and the proof of this was furnished by the preseiiee at that meeting of so large a num- ber of the respectable inhabitants of the neighbour- hood—of Bards and Literati, from various parts, who met together for the purpose of encouraging the pursuit of literature: jn short the prophecy of Faliesin, chief at bards, Eu haitl¡ a gadwant," (they will preserve their language ) notwithstanding all the changes that had occurred, yet the Welsh was preserved in its purity tothe present dav. The. Latin once spoken in tuis country, was now a dead lan- guage, but the Welsh flourished; it was spoken by liigh and low; and who would not join once more in using the words of their motro-" Oes y Byd i'r laitli Cvtnraeg ?" He concluded by reciting an Eu- glyn by the gifted Daniel Ddu. VValia a i hiaith ber %,i mlon,-gti ethawl Er gwaethaf gely nioa, Byw fytjdant er llwyddiant linn, Tra doniau, tit, a dynion." by tilf, "Jenny Jones" by the Clifton harper followed. Cawrdaf, who was the judge both of the prose and poetical compositions, addressed the assembly in Welsh; as he saw there were several of the competi- tors present, and knpw that they would not under- stand him if he spoke in English. tif- s,-iid, it wa,; well known to them that he had no anticipation of being called on to adjudicate. He had writtplI 011 several subjects when that honour was assigned to him; but he readily laid aside the fruit of his labours feeling it to be his duty, as it was his pleasure to serve his country. During the many years that he had competed with a very good measure of success yet he had been generally a loser in a pecuniary point of view and he who calculated on profit, would geno- rally bo disappointed. After some further observa- tions, he proceeded to award the prizes. By the Most Noble the Marquis of Bute. 1. For the host Iis»ay_ on^ the Establishment of Christianity in Glamorganshire. A Medal, value £ 3 3s. and a Premium of £2 -Is. On this important subject two compositions of very considerable merit had been received. They were under the fictitious signatures of Neiflon and Gildas. The former consisted of 11 folio pages, and the latter of 133 quarto. Neifion's composition, its history, and researches were excellent: but the immense labour, the indefatigable researches, and the impar- tial discussion of the subject by Gildag, entitled him to the prize. In fact his production was well worthas much more. Mr Morgan Lvans, of Caerphilly, was therefore invested by Mrs Morgan. On the e medal was engraved a fig-ure of St. Paul, with a roll in his hand, inscribed Bran ap Llyr. This is a faithful saying." The President congratulated the society on the first prize being gained by a native of Glamorgan- sljir,, ;-he would add, a native genius of Glamor- ganshire. He was sure that none present would have begrudged the prize going to any part of the world; still that it should have been gained by a native, was surely matter of rejoicing. By John Nicholl, Esq., M.P. 2. For the best Essay on the Love of our Country, her Institutions, and Literature, showing particulary that free Institutions are favourable to the developement of talent and genius."—A Medal value £5 59. and a Premium of £5 5s. Three splendid compositions had been received; signed Dryw, Blawryngydd Hen, and Bleddyn. Dryw's composition, from beginning to end, was expressed in strong, elegant, and energetic lan- guage; but it Was too general, and not sufficiently lengthy to compete with its two long-winded com- petitors. Blawryngydd lieu's was a largo 4to To- luiiie, written with peculiar taste and judgment. A glance at it would shew that the author was a good antiquarian, and well versed in ancient and modern history. His orthography was however not very perfect. n:cddyn's composition \ViiS also an nnmense volume. There were a few inadvertencies, but not so many ns in the preceding competitor's. In it, notice was taken of every thing mentioned in the treatise of Blawryngydd Hen; and in addition there was a mass of valuable matter; particularly the ingenious section oil the justice and beauty of the laws of this re,dm. Bleddyn WilS tlICreforc entitled to the prize hut the judge at the same time expressed a wish that a prize had been appointed for the second best as well, Mr B. liAxvcn, Whitchurch, was invested with a very elegant medal. The inscription round the rim, and the feathers in the centre, were raised; and presented a very magnificent appearance. The President a short tiill,! after, announced to the second best, that on the recommendation of the judge, he should award him a prize of .£3 3s. Morfydd Glan Taf sang" Tile Rising of the Lark." She was evidently in ill health; but her execution was nevertheless at once sweet and powerful; and she elicited considerable applause. By T. W. Booker, Esq. For the t),kt Fssiy oil the Nliiier-il Basin of Gla- iliorgati.A Medal value E3 3s., and a Premium of £ 2 2s. Only one composition had been received, under the signature of Bryndu the postage of which not having been paid, according to the published rules of the Society, it could not be received into competition. By D. IV. Davies, Esq., and a Friend. 5. "For the best Work of Fiction. Illustrative of Welsh Manners and Castoins.A Niedal value C2 28 and a Premium of £1 Is. One excellent composition had been received. The orthography was indifferent; and a material point in the old traditionary tale of Shon Heynallt, the harper, was omitted. The author was adjudged to he en- titled to tho prize on condition of his supplying the omission, and correcting the orthography. The sig- nature was Mabinog; and the author Mr B. Jones, Cardiff, was invested by Mrs Edwards. The medal bore the representation of an author seated in his study. By Henry Lewis, Esq., Park. 6 -1 For the best EMay on Hypocrisy.—A Medal value £ 2 2s. Three compositions signed Sion Mewn Gofid, Hof- fwr Cyfaill Cywir, and Arnryliw Gwlad Forgau, had been sent in. The first two were deficient in ortho- graphy but the postage of the last was unpaid, which put it out of the lists; and the prize was awarded to Sion Mewn Gofid. The author, Mr Wm. Rees, Cardiff, was invested by Mr Price. The medal represented a double faced man,—a sort of dandyfied Janus. By David Hopkins, Esq., Eli Rise. 7. For the bt^st Song to the Lanharan Hounds."— A Medal value £ '< £ 2s. There were four competitors, whoso productions were all excellent. Iheir fictitious names were Gwalchmai, Nimrod miu Mynydd, Gwerfyl Goch, and lanto'r Helwr. The last was a very superior com- position but the perfect alliteration, the flow of language, as well as the judicious arrangement of the subject, entitled Gwalchuiai, David Evans, of Llan- haran, to the prize. The medal exhibited the Ltan- haran pack at full cry. By Mr Daniel Evans, Ash Grove, and other Lovers of Cwrw da." 8. For the best Song, (not !ess than 100 lines) ridiculing Ieetotalers and Teetotalijm, imputing it to their weakness and ignorance; and shewing, particu- larly the Benefits, I"ivilev(-s 'an,) Comforts that arise from drinking Beer and Wine in Moderation."—-A Medal value £ 2 2s., and a Premium of £ [ Is. One composition signed Dr. Achen, Iiad been re- ccivtd. It was described by the jddge as humorous, witty, and smooth in language. The author's name was Kbenezer < homas, of Caerphilly. A substitute, William Anthony, was, in his absence, invested by Miss Harris. The medal represented a healthy old farmer. By ilirs Booker. For the bst Poern on a Welsh Country Chnrch- yaid. as seen ou faster SLinday.11-A Medal, valtie.El In. Two coin positions, si, ned Y Dryw, and Byr ei Gam, bad been received. There were some very pretty and pathetic lines in the first; but the second was the best. The author's name was David Davies, (Dewi Emlyn) ol Rhymuey Iron Works. He was not present- .Yr Kos Fach sang "Glan Meddwdod Mwyn." After which the next prize was awarded. By lIlrs Morgan, Cardiff. 10. For thu best Poem on the Hisibg of the Sun in the Iti)iiti, of a I,vaitte XI Is. T hree compositions had been received. Breudd- wydioll was the victor;-D,tvid D,tvie-ttie same person who tvon the preceding prize. The medal represented a landscape, with the sun rising. For the next prize, By Ifiss Phillips, Eli Rise. 11. For the best Ode on LlandatF."—A Medal, value £ 1 Is. composition had been received. By Mr Edward Evans. 12. For the iic-it Twelve Stanzas on Music.—A Medal value c I Is. Three compositions of g-rf'at merit and possessing considerable poetic talent, had been received. They were signed P.-roi iaethydd, Gabriel, and E .s Ffili. The first was entitled to the prize. The author was John Lloyd, bookbinder. Crickhowell. He was not present. The medal represented Apollo with his y i-e. Richard Jones sang a national air, accompanied by Jones of Clifton, on the harp. By J. Bird, Esq. 13. "For the best Account of the Castles of Caer- phiily, Castell Cuch, and St. Quilitiu.A Medal value £ 1 h. I wo compositions, signed Ah Tidi Gawr, and Ivor Bach, had been received. I he first evinced con- siderable research, and was well worth a guinea, in the estimation of Cawrdaf; hut the second exhibited a:»o great ability, besides extending to no le-" Ihall forty-one pages." The latter proved to be a youth of about fifteen years of age, Samuel Evans, of Caer- philiy. Miss Ann Harris invested him amidst loud applause. The medal presented a view of Caerphilly Castle. r J By the same. 14. "For the best Son, not less than 82 lines, half Welsh, half Rngiish, to the Old Wehh Aw 0f • Aderyn du ar dro.' "A Medal vaiue £ 1 Is. A ion, signed Brythill, (Taliesin ab Gwilym Morganwg) Taliesin Williams, Newbridge, was the only one received. To it the prize was awarded. Cawrdaf pronounced it well written, soft, and pathetic. F or the two following prizes there were no com- petitors. By Mr Lt. Jenkins, Stationer. 15. For the best Twelve Stanzas on the Unity lately formed between the Bretons and the Welsh through the former visiting the last Anniversary of the Abergavenny Cymrcigyddioa Society." A Medal, value £ 1 Is. By Mr William Jones, (Gwilym Hid.) 16. "For the best Ode on Saicite.A Medal, value X2 2s. Cawrdaf then gave judgement on the next prize. By Mr Lt. Davies, Draper. 17. 11 For the best Six Stanzas, oa the Bute Ship Ca.al.A Medal, value ft Is. Two competitors. Crispin, and Nofiedydd. In consequence of an error or two in the stanzas of the latter, the former bore away the prize. Miss Ballard invested Win. Rees, of Cardiff, with a medal, on which was an engraved view of the Bute Ship Caual. By Mr John Thomas, Three Cranes. 13. For the best song on the Beauty of the Maids of Glamorgan. (Morwynion glan Morganwg,) I on, 'Codiad yr Khedydd. A Medal, value £ 1 13. Cawrdaf, the judge, expressed his regret at the bad taste and feeling exhibited by the bards. Four songs had been composed on the Lanharan hounds, but not one on the beautiful maids of Glamorgan (A smothered titter.) The President took an entirely different view of the case. He was not surprised that the men of Glamorgan should have abandoned such a task in despair! He admired the merit as well as the modesty of the Glamorganshire men at all times. The painter of oideu time had veiled the beauty of his subject, and left it to imagination to supply that which he despaired of picturing, with anything approaching to justice. Any poem would be sure to fall short of the truth; and he (the Presi- dent) could only feel surprised at the presumption of the person who bad placed such a subject in the list for competition. Whoever attempted it, should have a flight as bold as Spencer, and piniolts as strong as the poets of our native land and even then he would fail! [This sally was interrupted with bursts of uncontrollable laughter; and we fear we have but feebly caught the spirit of the speaker, and the tenor of his wit. Two things cau never be well done at once and having laughed so heartily, we are fearful the correctness of our notes has suff'ered.J The next prize was, of course, not awarded. By Mr J. Thomas. 19. "For a Translation of the successful Song into Engiish, on the Maids of Glamorgan." A Premium of 10s. 6d, A translation must be sent in by every com- petitor on this subject. Five competitors appeared for the next prize. By Mr Thomas White, Whitchxirch. 20 For the best 40 lines, on a Night View of Pen. tyrch Iron Works, viewed from Caiteli Coch. t Medal value £ 1 1 s. The compositions were signed Svniedvdd, Ivor Bach, Morthwyl Forge, Dallhuan, and Cawr Bach y Castell. They all possessed considerable poetic talent. Ilor Bach had ch»sen for his theme the sweet metie of "Glan Meddwdod Mwyn," (Good Humoured and Merry,) the alliteration of which was carefully preserved. In the lust stanza, after paying a due compliment to the worthy proprietors, Messrs. Blakcmore and Booker, he concluded with the wish that the end of their works might be "the wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds." her Bach, Mr Eli Evans, of Whitchurch, obtained the medal, which presented a view of tho Pentyrch ,11 Iron Works. By Cabbage. 21. For the best Kssay on the Benefits and Com. forts, arising to a Cottager from the Cultivation of Vegetables, in Cottage Gardens, within the County of <Tlamorgan."—\ Medal value fl Is. Gwenvnen was the so'e competitor. His matter was good, but his orthography deficient. The medal representing a cottager at work in his garden, was presented to Hrm. Ree-, of Cardiff. The President then rose and said, that the great object of the Society was the encouragement of literature, which it sought to effect by the present- ing of prizes to successful candidates but he thought the object was also promoted by the ad- dresses of those acquainted with the Welsh lan- guage; and who were competent to speak on sub- jects connected lVith Cymreigyddion Societies. He therefore invited any one present to come forward and address the meeting. Mr W. Jones, (Gwilym Ilid), then rose and said, about three years atro, when he had the happiness first to attend an anniversary of this Society, the subjects proposed for competition were few, and the number of competitors was also small but to-day, the change must be observed with pleasure, not only by him, but by all present. The prizes were numerous, and a large number ot candidates pos- sessing no mean talent competed for them. One of the objects contemplated by the Cymreigyddion Societies, was to induce the Welsh to study the literature of tiieir country but though this object would be partially attained by the multiplication of similar Societies, yet, nnless the successful com- positions were made lJIore generally known than they have hitherto been, the object will not be adequately realized. They should be printed, if not in a periodical exclusively devoted to the purpose, they might be circulated through the Principality by in- serting them in some of the periodicals which now happily abound in our country. The Abergavenny Cymreigyddion had expressed an intention to adopt some plan for giving to (he public the compositions which had won their prizes, and he hoped that other Societies would follow so excellent an exam- ple Sy Mr Mark Marks, Cardiff. 22. For the best short Hssay on the Beauties of the Creatlou. -A Medal value L2 2s. There were six excellent compositions. Un Mewn Syndod, Mr Evan Evans, of Swansea, ob- tained the prize. Adam naming the animals was the subject of the medal. We mclJ as well mention in this place, that the whole of the tIIed,lI,. were executed by Mr Marks; and that in the selection of the designs, we consider he had, in m"st instances, evinced considerable taste and judrmllic!nt. The subjects of each we have taken occasion to parlicujarise in our report, along with the awards. By Mr Daniel Malhias. 23. For the best a2 lines, with their translation into Eng.ish, (mosur rhydd), to the Most Noble the Marquis of Bute, for his continued patronage to the Cardiff Free School, and the benefits arising from the Education received therein.A Premium of "Coil Gwynfa," (Paradise Lost.) by Dr. Owen 1'ughe, F.tl.S neatly bound. There were two competitors, Ceiliog and Cymro. The latter, Mr Win Rees, Cardiff, obtained the prize. Mr Llewellyn tenkins addressed the meeting in Welsh after which lr Jones, of Clifton, played on the harp. The next prize awarded was offered By Mr J. E. Dibb, Merthyr Tydvil. 26. "For the best Rssay on the propriety of creating an Order of Merit for the Principality nf Wales." To be accompanied with an English translation.—A Pre- mium of £"225. We can conceive no act of our present Queen which would more conduce to her popularity here, than the creation of an Order of Knighthood for Wales." Vide MERTHYR GOARDIAN, Oct. 6, 1838. One competitor only appeared, under the fictitious name of Dew i. The judge in delivering his award, said the author proved himself the possessor of a vast store of knowledge; that he was a complete master of both languages; that his Essay consisted of no less than eighty-two closely written pages; and that it would be difficult to give the auihor too much praise. Dewi being called, Mr Henry Evans, of Cardiff, appeared and was invested by Ifrs J. E. Dibb, with a medal representing an ancient hon- ourable Welsh Order; the dress somewhat resem- bling that of a bishop of the present day. By the Loyal Cardiff Castle Lodge of Odd Fellow*. 25. For the best Ode on Odd Fellowship." A Medal, value E3 3s. and a Premium ot .£2 2s. Two odes were sent in competition; both of very superior merit signed O lydd and Philomela. The latter traced the order from its commencement to the present day, with considerable ability; ending his talented ode hy observing, that he had told every tiling he dared, and inviting the readers who might wish to become better acquainted with the order. to become members. Miss Price invented Gwilini Uid with a medal, bearing the Odd Fellows' Arms. By Mr Benjamin Evans, Cardiff. 26. For the best Ode in memory of the late Rev. D. Davies, L.L.D, of Cardiganshire," Author of Te'.yn D(lewi.A M.tdal value £ 2 2-. There was but one ode presented foi-judgineia, and it was deemed unworthy the prize. By Mr S. Stourenghi, Cardiff. 27. For the best Ode not exceeding 200 li'ies, on the Resurrection of the (lead.A Iledat value £ 2 2. Cristion and Luther competed; both their odes were of great merit; but the former was the best. The author, John Howell, (Bardd Coch) was called but did not appear. By Miss Barrett, Cardiff drmt. 28. "For the be At Translation of the Maid of Sker A Medal, value X] Is. Benjamin, and Llwyd ei Gydyn, competed. The former, Mr Win. Thomas, printer, Carmathen, was the victor. II. Morgan, Esq., begged to address a few words to the meeting on the present glorious occasion. Six or seven years ago he had no idea of ever seeing the Society in Lts present proud position; patronized by the Most Honorable the Marquess of Bute; and presided over by the Mem- ber of the Borough, John Nicholl, Esq. After so much had been said in praise of these institu- tions, he would only add that if a man were fond of his native language, he could not fail to be so of the land of his birth. At present they were enjoying the blessing of peace; but if ever Welsh- men were called to come forward to aid the cause of their country, they would not be found back- ward but in proportion to their veneration for their language, would be the zeal with which they would defend their native soil. Three cheers were then given for the President. Three times three, and one cheer more for the Ladies. The President expressed his sense of the honour done him in linking the chers given him with those for the ladies; and assured the Meeting of his sincere attachment to their native soil, and its fair inhabitants. The morning meeting being concluded, the Mem- ber!' of the Society returned in procession to the Angel Itin where at four o'clock THE DINNER was attended by about a hundred gentlemen John Nicholl, Esq., Presiding; supported by the Mayor of Carditf, and Henry Morgan, Esq. After the cloth was removed "Glory to God in the highest" was said by the Chairman, by way of grace; and then followed the toasts. The Chairman, addressing the company as Cymry, gave Oes y byd i'r laith GyinrLieg" The private band of the Mar- quess of Uute playing a national air. A noisy fellow, called Thomas,said he had, at the Town llall, met the President on a former occasion, and had addressed him abruptly; but he was now sorry for having done so, and was glad to see him in the Chair on the present occasion as, in his opinion, a good Tory was better than a bad Whig. Before he had arrived thus far, the man. was heartily hissed, and it was only on the intercession of the Chairman he was listened to so long*. The Chairman said the next toast ought to be re- ceived with enthusiastic loyalty not least so amongst Welshmen, On a former occasion her Majesty had presided at one of those meetings and had bestowed a token of honour on one of the judges of that day's proceedings. Her Majesty might therefore be said to be, to a certain extent, identified with that day's proceedings. He gave "The health of our young, virtuous,and lovely Queen. (Great cheering) Air —"God save the Queen." "The Royal Family" was given by the President. Cawrdaf addressed the compaDy in Welsh, pro- nouncing an eul >gium, and concluding by giving the health of the Chairman, (Three times three, and one cheer more.) The Chairman was unprepared at so early an hour of the evening tor this honour, much less for the kind a id cordial manner in which it had been received. Unfortunately in early years he had heen removed from this country; he had not sucked in with his mother's milk, their beautiful language. He had en- deavoured once to learn it; but that he had not «uc- J ceeded very far, he had only regretted once, and that was always. It was truly pleasing to observe the kindly feelings which prevailed in the morning meeting, where the unsuccessful competitors as well as the successful ones mingled together without the appearance of any other sentiment than that of a generous and highwrought emulation. He proposed the health of that Nobleman who was their Patron who took great interest in its progress; and from whom the Society had received such an impetus at an Eisteddfod a few years since. At Cardiff it could not be uecessary to pass an encomium on that Nobleman; lie only desired them to look round at the works of charity and those of a public niittire they were bis best encomium. "Our Noble Patron," was then drunk with all the honours. Th Chairman proposed" The health of the suc- cessful competitors." He regretted he knew so little 1 of the compositions but they had had the judgments of Cawrdaf, which in sume measure compensated. Without these societies, he asked, would the genius of those competitors have been called forth? And who were those competitors? Were they those who had been brought up in ease and luxury? No In almost every instance they were men who lived by the sweat of their brow and they had therefore the glory of distinguishing themselves in the paths of literature,-the flowery paths of learning. They felt gratified in the obtaining medals of merit but how much greater should be their pleasure who t had afforded them that gratification. Iu conferring honour on them they had done credit to them- selves. He gave The successful competitors and might they yet go oil, ai)d add new laurels to those they had already won," (A bumper, nine cheers, aud one cheer more.) Mr Morgan Evans returned thank-s as one of the successful competitors. H. Ddu o Ddyfed then spnke as follows;- Mr President, Vice-President aud Gentlemen; As one of the humble competitors of this day's ad. I judication, I rise to return thanks for the kiud man- ner in which the toast has been received. You received the various toasts already given, with remarkable enthusiasm;—the national one,—the Queen, — (ha Royal Family,—the Marquess of Bute, &c. &c.; but in no instance did I notice a greater manifestation of cordiality and good feeling than what I agreeably observed in the reception of the one now under notice. It shows clearly thaI yonr hearts are in the ca-ise of Welsh literature; and although I have not at command words that are sufficiently strong to ex- press my feelings on the occasion, receive it in the gross, as embodying all the thankfulness that the heart of a Welshman can feel, and his tongue utter. Being a native of a distant hamlet in Dyted (eight miles from St. David's) and having become, in the providence of God, a resident among you some six years ago, I have not appeared in the camp of dissipators, but have endeavoured to employ my leisure hours for the purpose of improvement, and have frequently appeared as a competitor for prizes in these meetings, without any disparagement aris- ing from the result of my feeble efforts touching my future engagements; and such has been the case < this day, in the only attempt in which I have been engaged, for this anniversary; and it is my de- termination to go ou in quest of pearls that are yet undiscovered in the history of my country. Our Honourable President observed that he was glad to notice the absence of jealousy in the competitors they certainly have no cause to feel unpleasant when they are satisfied that each receives his medal for his own labour. I hope that competitors will go on generally hand in hand, and use every effort in their power to perpetuate the language of Wales on the plains of Siluria, as long as the sun of nature will continue to shine on the hillocks and glens of that notable country. The Chairman felt he needed some of the censure cast by the judge of the day at one part of the pro- ceedings; he would now endeavour to make up for it by giving II The Ladies of Glamorgan," and in conjunction with them those of the fair sex who bad enlivened the morning meeting with their songs. Yr Eos Fach, as she could not return thanks in a speech, expressed her acknowledgments bv singing very sweetly and prettily, ,l Ye banks and braes of bonny Doou." The Chairman was afraid bis voice would seem I harsh after the beautiful melody just sung. He must, however, remind them of the difficulty pain and delicacy, of pronouncing respecting the merits often nearly equal,- of the various candidates. That duty Cawrdaf had well performed, and they would all heartily join in drinking his health. Cawrdaf said he was inadequate to return thanks, least of all in English. He had not language to express himself in; but he had a warm heart humble as he was, in the cause of the literature and crlory of the Welsh nation. It was true the office of literary judge was no sinecure and besides that, he often made twenty enemies for one Iriend. He- was in a difficulty; a large number had drank his health he could not return the compliment seriatim (Iolld laughter.) But he would do his best, and from the bottom of his heart would pledge them altogether in a single bumper. [The remaining speeches at the dinner, and the report of the evening meeting, will be given in our next.] "##

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