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Alawon Traddodiadol Cymreig - Traditional Welsh Melodies
Merch y Melinydd
The Miller's Daughter
John Thomas Pencerdd Gwalia (1826-1913)
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Cover image Work: Single work for solo harp
Catalogue No: Adlais 149
ISMN: 979-0-57032-204-6
Edition: July 2012, A4 stapled
Duration: c. 4' 00" minutes
Suitable for: Grade 6, Pedal Harp
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Alawon Traddodiadol Cymreig - Traditional Welsh Melodies
Merch y Melinydd - The Miller's Daughter

Whereas most of John Thomas's Welsh Melodies are arrangements of traditional harp tunes, by contrast, Merch y Melinydd is based on a folksong.

Collected by Maria Jane Williams, probably in the Vale of Neath, Merch y Melinydd was included in her Ancient Airs of Gwent and Morgannwg, which, in the Abergavenny Eisteddfod of 1837, was awarded the prize for the 'best collection of original Welsh Airs, with the words, as sung by the peasantry of Wales'.

Os yw fy annwyl gariad/Yn caru dwy neu dair/ Ac yn eu caru'n ffyddlon/ Pob marchnad a phob ffair,/ Wel peidied yntau feddwl fod hynny'n boen i mi/ Rwyf i mor rhydd ag yntau/ I garu dau neu dri.

[If my boyfriend has two or three girlfriends whom he courts assiduously every fair and market day, let him not think it worries me, (because) I am just as free as he is to go courting with two or three young men].

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