Cariad Cyntaf

 

Mae prydferthwch ail i Eden
Yn dy fynwes gynnes, feinwen,
Fwyn gariadus liwus lawen.
Seren syw, clyw di’r claf.

Addo’th gariad i mi heno,
Gwnawn amodau cyn ymado
I ymrwymo, doed a ddelo;
Rho dy gred, a dwed y doi.

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Cariad Cyntaf
— First Love
Noted in Aberystwyth from a singer who had heard it in Llangeitho, south Ceredigion in 1890.

Caneuon Traddodiadol Y Cymry

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

Mae prydferthwch ail i Eden
Yn dy fynwes gynnes, feinwen,
Fwyn gariadus liwus lawen.
Seren syw, clyw di’r claf.

Addo’th gariad i mi heno,
Gwnawn amodau cyn ymado
I ymrwymo, doed a ddelo;
Rho dy gred, a dwed y doi.

Liwus lonnach, serch fy mynwes,
Wiwdeg orau ‘rioed a gerais
Mi’th gymeraf yn gymhares;
Rho dy gred, a d’wed y doi.

Yn dy lygaid caf wirionedd
Yn serennu gras a rhinwedd,
Mae dy weld i mi’n orfoledd:
Seren syw, clyw di’r claf.

There is beauty only second to Eden
In your warm bosom, fair maiden.
Dear loved one, bright and happy;
Beautiful star, hear this lovesick one.

Promise your love to me tonight,
We’ll make vows before we leave
To engage, come what may.
Place your trust, and say you’ll come.

Bright happier one, love of my breast
Best and fairest that I ever loved
I will take you as a partner
Place your trust, and say you’ll come.

In your eyes I find truth
That shines like stars of grace and virtue;
For me, seeing you is a joy.
Beautiful star, hear this lovesick one.

Cariad Cyntaf performed by The Foxglove Trio.
The song is explored in detail in Ffion Mair’s blog here
https://caneuongwerin.wordpress.com/tag/cariad-cyntaf/

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