The Bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod

03 Jul

An update from my precious post  ” A Sunken Kingdom”

THE  BELLS OF CANTRE’R GWAELOD (Translated by Dyfed Lloyd Evans)

This is the poem which children in Wales learn about the Sunken Kingdom of  Cantre’r Gwaelod, swallowed by the sea and drowned forever after. On a quiet night legend has it, one can hear the church bells ringing.

Welsh girl.

Welsh Girl wearing the traditional costume.




Beneath the wave- swept ocean

are pretty towns

That hearkened to the bell-rings

set pealing through the night

Through negligent abandon

by a watcher on the wall

The bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod

submerged beneath the wave

When the sea was surging

with gales upon the wave

The gull, so pale, was failing

to settle on their crest

When waves crashed on the sea-shore

with thunder in its wake

The bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod

are silent near the wave

But when the sea is quiet

with waves that aren’t  foam-flecked

and day is gently slipping

behind the far-hills slope

sweet tones are heard a-rising

and this I know as truth

The bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod

are sounding near the wave

O!  ring out bells of childhood

on oceans salty floor for early strains

of living sound in their song for me

Whilst live the shore, I’ll think of

on many quiet nights and bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod

still ringing near the wave.

Ancient Forest exposed at Borth

Welsh men and ladies

Welsh Folk in days gone by. No doubt discussing the tale of The Bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod







Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Poems


2 responses to “The Bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod

  1. dorannrule

    July 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    The story sparks the imagination – and has undoubtedly been doing so for generations.


  2. ritaroberts

    July 5, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Yes Dora, ! I can just imagine those school children with their eyes popping while reciting the poem .I think there will be more to come from story so watch this space. Thanks for reading .



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