Beth Wneir â Merch Benchwiban?


Beth wneir â merch benchwiban
Beth wneir â cheffyl bychan?
Beth wneir â thaflod heb ddim gwair?
Beth wneir mewn ffair heb arian?

Wel rhoi y ferch benchwiban
I werthu’r ceffyl bychan,
A chadw’r daflod nes dêl gwair
A mynd i’r ffair â’r arian.

Beth wneir â stên heb waelod?
Beth wneir â chath heb lygod?
Beth wneir â’r mês heb ddim o’r moch?
Beth wneir â chloch heb dafod?

Ni ddeil ystên ddiwaelod,
Ceir boddi cath heb lygod,
A phlannu mês os na fydd moch,
A chrogi cloch heb dafod.

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Beth Wneir â Merch Benchwiban?

—What is to be done with a flighty girl?

The first and third verses ask the questions and the second and fourth supply the answers. Noted in Deganwy.

What’s to be done with a flighty girl?
What’s to be done with a small horse?
What’s to be done with a loft with no hay?
What’s to be done in a fair with no money?

Well, put the flighty girl
To sell the small horse,
And keep the loft until the hay comes
And go to the fair with the money.

What’s to be done with a pitcher with no bottom?
What is done with the cat with no mice?
What’s to be done with the acorns with no pigs?
What’s to be done with a bell with no clapper?

Don’t keep the bottomless pitcher,
You can drown the cat with no mice,
And plant the acorns if there’s no pigs,
And hang the bell without a clapper.

Caneuon Traddodiadol Y Cymry

 The notation for this song and more is available in the collection Traditional Songs of the Welsh

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