|Iola Morganwg 1747-1826|
I'll give this chant first as it stresses the love of all existences which quite appeals to me. It's been altered somewhat in modern times but this is the original version:
Grant O God, thy protection,
and in protection, strength,
and in strength, understanding,
and in understanding, knowledge,
and in knowledge, the knowledge of justice,
and in the knowledge of justice, the love of it,
and in the love of it, the love of all existences,
and in the love of all existences, the love of God
and all Goodness.
Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826) translates as Ned of Glamorgan in the Welsh Language. His English name was Edward Williams.
He was the creator and father of the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Isle of Britain and heavily influenced the foundation of the Welsh Eistedfodd movement, though it's origins date back to at least the 12th century. His work also contributed significantly to shaping modern druidry.
He was a scholar who claimed to have found or discovered many ancient texts and gave these much publicity. He eventually admitted that he had actually made it all up himself, which is a bit of a contradiction as his motto was The truth against the world.
Iola Morganwg believed that Welsh poets had inherited the mantle of the Celtic druids. He was a dreamer, though often under the influence of the drug laudanum.
According to the BBC website: 'Iolo was also an anti-slavery campaigner who tried to avoid everything to do with slavery. His shop in Cowbridge refused to stock slave grown sugar and he refused to take subscriptions for his book from Bristol slave merchants'.
And that's about it really, but it's a synchro or coincidence that after yesterday's post about the Welsh language that I should discover that Iolo Morganwg was Welsh and helped to promote their Welsh language. Living in Cornwall I like the idea of Celtic traditions being encouraged and protected.
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