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the bards sublime, Whose distant footsteps echo Down the corridors of Time.
The ancient British bards had for the title of their order, "Those Who are free throughout the world." They are free, and they make free.
Never minstrel, or by whatever more suitable name David should be known, drew upon his talents in the presence of more insensible auditors; though considering the singleness and sincerity of his motive, it is probably that no bard of profane song ever uttered notes that ascended so near to that throne where all homage and praise is due.
The Chairing of the Bard ceremony, which for many people is the pinnacle of Eisteddfod week, takes place at the Pavilion today.
This tension in Drayton between the antiquarian and the monumental historian is worked out most poignantly in his bards and druids.
bard Middle English (Scots), from Scottish Gaelic and Irish
Three main ceremonies to honour literary achievements among poets and prose writers are conducted by the head of the Order of Bards, the Archdruid.
And although he did say how nice it was to see more of them on the maes yesterday, he added, 'But I would seriously appeal to both chaired and crowned bards and prose medal winners to make every effort to present yourself at the Gorsedd ceremonies as often as possible.' He added that bards and prose writers aside, there were others who had 'never been seen since being ordained.
Bards leader Steve Regan, of Victoria Road, New Brighton, said: "The landlady at the Mags offered us the use of the folk music room at her pub, which is ideal because it is a brilliant pub and the room is nicely enclosed, so when our poets are on their feet declaiming they won't disturb the other drinkers."
SIR - The headline 'Bid for centre in honour of bawdy bard' (The Western Mail, October 28) sketching Dr Ted Milward's plan for a Dafydd ap Gwilym Centre, set my teeth on edge - once again.
"Just two bards attended the proclamation ceremony for next year's Flint Eisteddfod in June and they came all the way from South Wales.