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Y Gododin - A Poem of the Battle of Cattraeth by Aneurin
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Aneurin, the author of this poem, was the son of Caw, lord of Cwm Cawlwyd, or
Cowllwg, a region in the North, which, as we learn from a Life of Gildas in
the monastery of Fleury published by Johannes a Bosco, comprehended Arecluta
or Strath Clyde. {0a} Several of his brothers seem to have emigrated from
Prydyn in company with their father before the battle of Cattraeth, and,
under the royal protection of Maelgwn Gwynedd, to have settled in Wales,
where they professed religious lives, and became founders of churches. He
himself, however, remained behind, and having been initiated into the
mysteries of Bardism, formed an intimate acquaintance with Owen, Cian,
Llywarch Hen, and Taliesin, all likewise disciples of the Awen. By the rules
of his order a Bard was not permitted ordinarily to bear arms, {0b} and
though the exceptional case, in which he might act differently, may be said
to have arisen from "the lawlessness and depredation" {0c} of the Saxons,
Aneurin does not appear to have been present at Cattraeth in any other
capacity than that of a herald Bard. Besides the absence of any intimation
to the contrary, we think the passages where he compares Owen to himself, and
where he makes proposals at the conference, and above all where he attributes
his safety to his "gwenwawd," conclusive on the subject. His heraldic
character would be recognised by all nations, according to the universal law
of warfare, whereas it is very improbable that any poetic effusion which he
might have delivered, could have influence upon a people whose language
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