This is for my Mum, who died fifteen years ago today. She always said that the song gave her peace. The Welsh, of course, deem it to be the most beautiful love song in the world but let us be diplomatic here and say that it is certainly among the most beautiful. I do not post this in sadness - only with love. Pace, mamma.
I have been talking to some of my Siclian students about the music of Wales this week and explaining how there is nothing to compare with the swell of sound of a Welsh male voice choir at its most robust or the way in which, in gentle mood, it can fill your heart with the hiraeth [longing].