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1oo Songs That Every Child Should Know
There, at their thresholds stand wailing in sorrow Sires, wives and children—and fear for the morrow. All to the crags and the mountains of Arvon Will fly from the slaughter of Morva Rhuddlan.
Cries of defeat arise, dismal and dreary, Wildest lament fills the valley and plain:
Shout echo'd forth from the cliffs of Eryri
Tells how the Cymric heart bleeds for the slain.
Terror, the court of Caradoc, oppresses,
Loss of the chieftain all Cymru distresses;
Then strikes the Bard his deep harp-strings of Arvon,
And tunes the air plaintive — " Old Morva Rhuddlan."
Written in 1740, and Handel used the air in "Occasional Oratorios" in 1746. Southey said of it, " The political hymn of this country [England] as long as she maintains her political power."