Mabinogion



the MABINOGION: LINK ¤ SACRED TEXTS

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  • "the Mabinogion is a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the "Red Book of Hergest""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mabinogion means "tales of youth""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the stories are based on historical characters and incidents"

 

 

 

 

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  • "throughout there are echoes of the Celtic mythology, including God"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Mabinogion per se consists of the four connected narratives (called "the branches") from Pwll, Prince of Dyved, through Math, the Son of Mathonwy"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the first five tales are Welsh versions of incidents from the Arthurian canon"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Mabinogion is one of the masterpieces of world literature"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "although the ancient dominion of the Celts over Europe is not without enduring evidence in the names of the mountains and streams"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the great features of a country, yet the loss of their prior language by the great mass of the Celtic nations in Southern Europe (if indeed their successors in territory be at all of their blood)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "prevents us from clearly seeing, and makes us wonder"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how stories, originally embodied in the Celtic dialects of Great Britain and France"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "could so influence the literature of nations to whom the Celtic languages were utterly unknown"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these romances were found in England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and even Iceland, as early as the beginning of the thirteenth and end of the twelfth century"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have throughout Europe, at an early period, a great body of literature, known as Mediæval Romance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which includes certain well-marked traces of an older Celtic nucleus"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "proceeding backwards in time, we find these romances, their ornaments falling away at each step, existing towards the twelfth century"

 

 

 

 

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  • "of simpler structure, and with less encumbered Celtic features, in the works of Wace, and other Bards of the Langue d'Oil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "crossing into Wales we find, in the Mabinogion, the evident counterpart of the Celtic portion of the continental romance"

 

 

 

 

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  • "mixed up, indeed, with various reflex additions from beyond the border, but still containing ample internal evidence of a Welsh original"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "looking at the connexion between divers of the more ancient Mabinogion, and the topographical nomenclature of part of the country"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we find evidence of the great, though indefinite, antiquity of these tales, and of an origin, which, if not indigenous, is certainly derived from no European nation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the names and exploits of their heroes, and the compositions of their bards, spread far and wide"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and affected intimately their tastes and literature for many centuries"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "names of the great features, involving proper names and actions:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Cadair Idris and Cadair Arthur both involve more than a mere name. Idris and Arthur must have been invested with heroic qualifications to have been placed in such "seats""

 

 

 

 

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  • ""Bryn y Saeth," Hill of the Dart; "Llyn Llyngclys," Lake of the Engulphed Court; "Ceven y Bedd," the Ridge of the Grave; "Rhyd y Saeson," the Saxons' Ford"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""Coeten Arthur," Arthur's Coit; "Cerrig y Drudion," the Crag of the Heroes; which involve actions"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and such as embody proper names only, as "Cerrig Howell," the Crag of Howell; "Caer Arianrod," the Camp of Arianrod; "Bron Goronwy""

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Breast (of the Hill) of Goronwy; "Castell mab Wynion," the Castle of the son of Wynion; "Nant Gwrtheyrn," the Rill of Vortigern""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRINITY: LINK ¤ TALIESIN

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  • "I will offer a prayer to the Trinity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "may the Eternal grant me to praise you !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "may there be to me from the Trinity mercy !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "nine degrees of the mystic troops of Heaven"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the tenth, saints a preparation of sevens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a number that God will watch with extreme love"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in Heaven, in Earth, at the end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in straits, in expanse, in form"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in body, in soul, in habit"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I adore thee, Ruler of the land of peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "let my soul be in a condition of Life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for ever in His court"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a servant of Heaven to be"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "He will not refuse me"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as many as are on wrath through the circles"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "have mercy, God, on your kindred"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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GOD: LINK ¤ TALIESIN

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  • "o GOD"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "o supreme Ruler"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there has not been; there will not be"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one so good as the Lord"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there has not been born in the day of the people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "any one equal to God"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and no one will acknowledge"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "any one equal to Him"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "above Heaven, below Heaven"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is no Ruler but He"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "above sea, below sea"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "He created us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 




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