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AN OLD RELIGION.

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Gohebiaethau. EIFION WYN A'I WAITH. To the Editor of the LONDON WELSHMAN AND KELT." SIR,-Owing to the holidays, I was unable last week to reply to Mr. W. Arthur Roberts's letter in your issue of December 22nd; but on no account do I wish that letter to pass unnoticed. At last, your correspondent has discovered, evidently by a very great effort of intelligence, that his definition of poetry is different from mine, and now that it has become urgently necessary for him to state his definition, and to illustrate his critical standpoint, he prefers to quit the field. The English language contains a word which accurately describes such gnllant" action, but I shall not go the length of using that expressive adjective in this-my last letter. I feel very sad indeed that owing to Mr. Roberts's decision, this correspondence must be prematurely closed-bcause, in the first place, Mr. Roberts was gradually being convinced of his errors. Your readers can easily see this for themselves by comparing the letter in which he gave expression to that brilliant sentiment, We wonder whether there be a Mrs. Davies," and his last letter. At last, in order to be found in the company of the Great, he admits there is a grain of truth in the words 11 ifac serch yn benyd oes," but he sadly adds, it is not the whole truth. If Mr. Roberts had read the whoIe: poem instead of confining himself to one line, he would have found his heart's desire expressed in it- or at least, suggested in it. Mr. Roberts is the first critic I have known, who believes that Eifion Wyn's or anybody's fate as a poet depends upon one line from a volume of lyrics, and upon one englyn written for an Eisteddfod Genedlaethol. Evidently such a critic is not very well qualified for his seh-imposed task. He has also succeeded at last in bringing the eternal "englyn" into this controversy. Let it be known that I have neither championed nor criticised the englyn for the simple reason that my knowledge of the eynghanedcUon is, to say the least, superficial. He asks me to analyse it-might I refer him to the prolonged correspondence in the Genedl, and ask him why has he not taken Mr. W. J. Gruffydd s advice to heart. Let me inform him, however, that it can be analysed. Verbs are occasionally understood, even in the works of the English poets. I still maintain that my advice gratuitously given to Mr. Roberts—to leave alone the" Lords of the language," especially • after his poor exhibitions in Y Gencdl, and in your columns, is the very best for him-at least for some time. I am very glad to find, however, that he has made one discovery-a discovery that is an evidence of a little intelligence. He has found out that it is TOO DIFFICULT a pastime for him to follow me in this. correspondence. I suspected as much at the very start; indeed, I gave him the hint in my first letter. Two of your readers, as shown by their letters in your columns, find it easy to go even further. How- ever, this discovery may save Mr. Roberts from such shame-if he act upon it. Coming, as it does, at the end of the letter, it is such a relief after the dull wriggling and shuffling of the greater part of it. He declines to waste your space and his own time any further in discussing the subject with me. Well, so be it, then. Still, I am sure your readers, will sympathize with the time and space wasted by his opponents, for not a single one of their statements and questions has he definitely and straightforwardly answered-nor has he yet realised that this Mr. Davies, of Hammersmith, is not Eifion Wyn's only admirer Allow me, however, to thank Mr. Roberts for his kind wishes, and to wish him a very Happy New Year, and to express the hope that in its course he will never commit anything so rash as to enter the lists against a nation's judgment.—Yours sincerely, T. H. DAVIES. Hammersmith, 31st December, 1903. WELSH CLASSES IN LONDON. To the Editor" CYMRO LLUNDAIN A'R CELT." DEAR SIR,-The London County Council has decided to accede to a request that they should provide facilities for the study of the Welsh language in their Evening Schools in London. I need hardly point out the importance of this step, as greatly improving the status of the Cymry in the capital, and enabling those who wish, to gain an accurate knowledge of the tongue of their fathers. There.is- no room to doubt that these classes are urgently needed, and will be greatly appreciated. May I there- fore ask you to give publicity to this matter through the medium of your valuable columns, directing at the same time your readers' attention to the advertise- ment now appearing. All that is now essential to ensure the success of the class is to obtain a good number of students.. I should like to state that this important concession on the part of the L.C.C. is greatly due to the prompt and patriotic efforts of Mr. Howell J. Williams,. L.C.C. I am, dear Sir, yours truly, FF. ITHEL MORGAN. Whitehall House, Charing Cross, S.W.

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