A brief observation regarding the pamphlet ... One Penny-worth of Truth...
by Dienw / Anonymous
[bold:A brief observation regarding the pamphlet which appeared recently
Location: Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution, rhif / no. 2SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Mi welais bapuryn yn tramwy drwy’r tir,
A’i enw’n gyffredin, Ceiniogwerth o Wir;
Gwaith Tomas ap Siencyn oedd at ei frawd Siôn,
Gŵr suredd ei siarad – amdano rwy’n sôn.
Fe luniodd ei leiniau yn gwbwl ar gam
Wrth ganmol ei hunan a chanmol ei fam;
“Gŵr didwyll ac onest,” medd Tomas, “yw’n tad,
A’i gyfri’n synhwyrol gan bobl y wlad.”
Beth bynnag oedd synnwyr onestrwydd ei dad,
’Does fawr o ganmoliaeth i Tomas trwy’r wlad;
Ond ganddo fe’i hunan, yn llydan ar led,
Fe rodd i’r wladwriaeth geiniogwerth o’i gred.
I saw a pamphlet travelling through the land,
and its common name was One Penny-worth of Truth;
it was the work of Thomas son of Jenkin to his brother John,
a man of sour speech – it is of him that I speak.
He put his lines together utterly unjustly
in praising himself and praising his mother;
“Our father,” says Thomas, “is a guileless and honest man,
and considered sensible by the people of the country.”
Whatever his father’s sense of honesty was,
there is not much praise for Thomas through the land;
but on his own behalf, far and wide,
he gave the state a pennyworth of his belief.