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IOLO MORGANWG AS A SOCIALIST.

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IOLO MORGANWG AS A SOCIALIST. lolo's biographer, Mr. Elijah Waring, says—" Had the bard exercised that con- venient policy which influences the conduct of most men, he might have attained both eminence and wealth but he was too honest for the great conventional world." This was the true desire, and it was the constant prayer of the old bard—' Give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food con- venient for me.' No man could repeat, with a more perfect application, the following stanzas, from an- other bard, who had gone before him- Some have too much, yet still they crave, I little have, yet seek no more They are but poor, though much they have. And I am rich with little store They poor, I rich they beg, I give; They lack, I lend they pine, I live." The old bard was forsaken by his early friends, and some rich patrons, on account of his political bias in favour of the French Revolution. He was kindled with the most generous zeal in the cause of democracy, and warmly espoused the party that favoured it in our own country. He composed an ode on the Rights of Man," but dared not at the time put his name to it, or he would have been imprisoned, but gave the fictitious name, Sion Chwareu Teg" (Johnny Fair Play). The song does not point out any particular country, or denounce anybody personal, but it condemns tyrants, and unprincipled despots of every land. He sings on the tune of our National Anthem, which in the following verses he plays- God save our native land, Vouchsafe Thy fostering hand, God save our land From bread-tax, Tolls, bastilles, Barracks and cat o' nine tails, Game laws, excise, and jails, God save our land. From ignorance and pride, The sons of labour guide, Save, ere we fall; Save us from sordid lies, From traitors, bigots, spies, And actious tools and ties, That us enthrall." Wales, at the time of the revolution 1789- 93, was blessed, not with the liberty which the sword gave to other lands, but with the liberty of the Gospel. At this period the Rev. Daniel Rowlands was at Llangeitho preaching to the thousands. The stated number of communicants at the monthly sacraments in his own church was seldom less than two thousand, and sometimes more than four thousand. lolo does not seem to have been fired with the Welsh revival, for he contemplated writing a book early in the nineteenth century with the following title-" Ymweliad y diawl ag eglwysi Cymru" (The devil's visit to the Welsh churches).-(Catirawti Cardiff Times.")

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