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“Non Nobis Domine;" we have seldom or ever heard it given more beau-
The memory of his late Majesty, in silence, was drunk in a way well befitting the solemn and feeling address of the chairman, who announced to the company that George the Fourth had, from his earliest youth, extended his benevolence to the institution which was so near and dear to the hearts of his auditors, that he had bestowed altogether upon the lielsh Charity between seven and eight thousand pounds!
* The burly landlord of the Free Mason's Hall.
The following toasts were then drunk with every demonstration of respect: "The Duke of Wellington,” who had filled the office of President, (three times three.)-Song, “The downfal of Paris.” “The Principality of Wales,” (three times three.) — Trio, “Cambria's Holiday.” The President of the society, “Sir Watkin Williams Wynn,” (three times three.)- Melody, by Prichard, on the Welsh barp, “Sir Watkin's Delight.” “Lord Kenyon,” (three times three.)—The military band played “Of a noble Race was Shenkin.” Charles Morgan," (three times three.)-Air, “The Welsh Ground.” “The Chairman,” (three times three;) who, in returning thanks, appealed most forcibly, on behalf of the Charity, to the assembly.--Song, Mr. Bellamy.
The children were here introduced, and promenaded around the room, the band playing a march; their healthy and cleanly appearance elicited loud plaudits, and the ladies in the organ-loft loudly joined, by clapping of hands, and waving of handkerchiefs; the entire scene was truly delightful: the children were marshalled near the president. A little minstrel was then introduced, and placed upon a table, without which elevation, the child could not have been seen: he is literally no more than five years old; he accompanied, on his harp, the children in an ode, which was uncommonly well sung; it is needless to say that this juvenile performance was loudly encored. The children then retired, and the infant lyrist was called upon to exhibit his skill in a solo, still mounted upon the table; he selected the pathetic air of “Ar hyd y Nos,” with variations; we really are unable to give even an idea of the skill of this child: how his little fingers are capable of producing such sweet tones, and of executing the most rapid passages, must be explained by those better skilled in the science than we are; there is no boldness in his performance, it consists of remarkable softness, and the variations were given with considerable precision; in fine, if he continues to excel in proportion to his present precocious talents, he stands a good chance of becoming the Paganini of harpers. At the conclusion of this performance, Sir Watkin addressed the meeting, with great energy, on behalf of the charity.
The health of “Colonel Wood" given from the chair, with three times three.—Air, by William Prichard. “The Vice Presidents of the day," (three times three.) The Hon. Lloyd Kenyon returned thanks.—Comic song by Mr. Fitzwilliam. “The Stewards of the day, (three times three.) Mr. Lawrence, of Carmarthen, returned thanks.—Song, by Mr. Parry, jun. “The Ladies," three times three, (deafening applause.)—Trio, “Here's a Health to all good Lasses.” “The Vice Treasurer,” (three times three.) Mr. Serjeant Jones returned thanks. "The Chaplain,” (three times three.) The vice chaplaiv returned thanks. Many other toasts followed, which space, not inclination, compels us to omit; a variety of songs, glees, &c. were given in excellent style.
The chairman announced, amidst tremendous applause, that Lord Mostyn was the president elect. Mr. Rice Trevor and his illustrious friends then left the hall, the band playing “God save the King,” joined by hundreds of Cambrians, whose vocal harmony was not a little deranged by the loud and fervid effects of loyalty, and the juice of the grape.
A gentleman was then voted to the chair, who, on the company becoming reseated, called for several amateur songs; all hearts were gladdened: each man looked upon his neighbour as his brother; speechifying became the order of the day, and loud and boisterous was the declamation, yet all was harmony and friendship; a few choice spirits remained till a late, or rather we should say early, hour; and the interchange of not a few hats, great coats, and umbrellas, closed the celebration of St. Ďavid's day.
We have only to add that the subscriptions and donations were exceed
ingly liberal, amounting (to £1,154 10 6, doubtless, arising from the appeals made in its behalf, before and during the evening, in consequence of the pecuniary depression lately felt by this charity, in common with every other institution of a similar nature.
The friends of the Birmingham St. David's Society assembled on the 1st of March, at Dee's hotel, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of their charity. In the regretted absence of the benevolent Earl of Plymouth, (who, by indisposition, was prevented attending,) the chair was taken by Daniel Ledsam, esq., supported by J. Taylor, esq., T. Lee, esq., F. Ledsam, esq., the Rev. C. Eckersall
, and other gentlemen of the neighbourhood; the charitable feelings thus socially uniting the friends of the institution were, in the course of the evening, much heightened by the introduction of the children, who had previously partaken of an excellent dinner, which is annually given them.
Mr. Edward Tilsley Moore stated the committee, with deep regret, that the unpaid arrears of distant subscribers, and other causes, depressing to the funds of the Society, would render it difficult to retain even the present number of children in the school, and must exclude other applicants, though upwards of twenty urgently begged the extended benefits of their charity, in a district, too, where a numerous Welsh population employed in coal and iron works was, by accidents, &c., subjected to distress, unmitigated by any right to parochial relief.
The members of the Birmingham Cymmrodorion Society also assembled to celebrate “Cambria's Holiday,” and while listening to the enlivening strains of her mountain harp,” felt that
“In torrid or frigid, wherever they roam,
Her melodies still o'er the heart have a spell.” It is highly creditable to this society, formed chiefly from the working classes, that a deficiency in their annual subscription to the St. David's school, which the pressure of the times might justify, was made up after dinner by a collection, leaving an overplus for the next year; this is the true love of Hen Gymru, which extends to her friendless children, and it is earnestly to be wished that such provincial societies should receive patronage and support, enabling them to be unfailing tributary streams to the parent fountain of philanthropy and patriotism, which has so long done honour to our metropolis.
The anniversary of the patron saint of Wales was celebrated on St. David's day, with all the customary honours. There was an examination of the pupils of the Welsh Charity
school in the morning; the children afterwards, accompanied by the Welsh Benefit societies, went in procession, with music, flags, &c. to St. David's church, where service was performed in the Ancient British language. The friends of the Welsh schools dined at the Adelphi in the evening
St. David's day was celebrated by a splendid dinner at the Bear's Head Inn, to which a large party sat down; the day passed with great conviviality.
GLANLLYN. St. David's day was celebrated this year at Glanllyn tavern, at the foot of Snowdon range. The gentlemen composing the party met in the morning, and had a fine day's hunting, and at four o'clock near thirty sat down to an excellent dinner. The cloth having been withdrawn, the chairman, Owen Griffith, of Tryfan, esq. supported in the vice chair by George Jonson, esq., gave “The King, God bless him.” “The Queen, and the rest of the Royal Family.” “The Army and Navy;"-song, by Mr. Bodvan Griffith, in which the company heartily joined in the chorus:
“He conquered all the foreign crew,
Upon St. David's day." “The Lord Lieutenant of the County.”—Song, by Mr. John Pritchard. «The High Sheriff of the County, (cheers.)—Song, by the chairman. “The Members of the County and Borough.”—Song, by Capt. Boileau. “The immortal memory of St. David.”—A Welsh song, by Mr. Bodvan Griffith. “The Town and Trade of Carnarvon.”—Song, by Mr. Jones. “The High Sheriff of Merionethshire,” (cheers.)—Song, by Mr Morris. “The Blue Veins of North Wales."-Song, by Mr. Edwards. Mr. Bodyan Griffith, in an excellent address, proposed “Oes y byd i'r iaith Gymraeg."--Song, by Mr. Hughes, “Undeb a brawdgarwch.”. Song, “The Maid of Llangollen,” by Mr. Bodvan Griffith, in which he was encored; and the company then separated, highly delighted with the amusement of the evening.
On St. David's day, the Druid Friendly Society assembled, and walked in procession, preceded by music and colours, to the church, where an appropriate sermon was delivered by the Rev. J. Richards. After service, the Society returned to the Druid Arms, where they partook of an excellent dinner, at which W. P. Lloyd, esq. presided. The evening was passed with the utmost conviviality.
The members of this Association celebrated the anniversary at the Panton Arms, Penmynydd, under the presidency of J. Rowlands, esq. supported by T. Owen, esq., (for W. Thomas, esq. absent from indisposition.) The company sat down to a most substantial dinner, and the following toasts and sentiments were given. “The King, the Queen, and the rest of the Royal Family.” “The Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese.” “Lord Roden, and the Protestants of Ireland.” “The pious memory of St. David.” “Lord Anglesey, lord lieutenant of the County.” “A Constitutional Reform in Church and State, uninfluenced by the King or his Ministers." “The High Sheriff, Sir John Williams, bart. of Ty Fry, Y Gwr a biau'r nenbren.” “Jones Panton, esq.”. “The Member for the County, Earl of Uxbridge.”.“His Majesty's Ministers, and may they do all the good that is expected from them.
"Captain and Mrs. Stanley.” “J. H. H. Lewis, esq.' “J. Williams, esq. the founder of the Association, and regret at his absence.” “The President." “The Vice President, and better health to him.” “T. Owen, esq. and thanks to him for representing him.” “The Secretary and Treasurer, 0. Owens.” “The Chaplain.” The company did not separate till a late hour, highly pleased with the entertainment of
the day, anticipating the pleasure of meeting again for many years to come. The Vice President was elected President for the ensuing year, to be supported by the Rev. David Gryffydh.
St. David's day was celebrated in the magnificent rotunda: a brilliant concert was given by Mr. H. Davies, the spirited proprietor of the Montpellier library, which was attended by nearly three hundred of the inhabitants and visiters of Cheltenham.
The orchestral department was well filled by the Montpellier band, as. sisted by Mr. Uglow, as leader, and several other performers; the whole haring been ably conducted by Mr. Woodward. The concert commenced with a “Cydgerdd, or Introductory Symphony," by Mr. Parry, in which were tastefully introduced the airs of “The Ash Grove,” “The Allurements of Love,” and “All ye Cambrian Youth.” This was followed by the song and chorus of “Cambria's Holiday," by Miss Hart; and “The Maid of Llanwelyn, by Mr. Bishop, of Gloucester. With appropriate taste, the triple-stringed Welsh harp was introduced; it excited general curiosity, and the air of Pen Rhaw, or the Spade Head,” with variations, was played with great skill and spirit by Mr. J. Jones, of Brecknock, who appeared with the prize medals he had gained at the different Eisteddfods. Between the first and second parts, Mr. Jones played “Sweet Richard” on the harp; the rapidity of his execution in the variations was extraordinary. He afterwards introduced the favourite air of “Merch Megan," with variations. “ 'Tis the Step of my Morvydd,” and “Green Isles of the Ocean,” were sung by Mr. Leonard ; “Taliesin's Prophecy," by Mr. Uglow; and an excellent duet, “The Summer Storm is on the Mountain,” to the air of “Hob y deri dando, by Mr. Evans and Miss Hart. The song and chorus, “The Eisteddfod," displayed Mr. Bishop's fine voice to advantage, and was deservedly encored; but the chief beauty of the vocal performances was “The Rose of Llan Meilen," sung by Master Jewsbury in a manner that elicited the most enthusiastic applause, and a loud and unanimous encore.
THE ROSE OF LLAN MEILEN.
Air.-Glan meddwdod mwyn.
Sweet Rose of Llan Meilen! you bid me forget
And future ap Gwilyms,* fresh wreaths who compose,
* The allusion in the above stanza is to his attachment for Morvydd, or Morveda, the fair daughter of one Madog Lawgam. In his praise of his lady love, ap Gwilym “resembles the famous Petrarch in his sonnets to his fair' Laura. "The Demetian Nightingale (an appellation by which he was distinguished by his countrymen) was not outdone, for he wrote an hundred and forty-seven poems to Morvydd, which are much longer compositions than those of the Italian poet." See Introduction to his Works, by Dr. Pugh, p. 17.