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A brief observation regarding the pamphlet ... One Penny-worth of Truth...

by Dienw / Anonymous

[bold:A brief observation regarding the pamphlet which appeared recently
under the name One Penny-worth of Truth, in an address by Thomas son of
Jenkin to his brother John, the intention and purpose of which was to try and
misrepresent the Dissenters in the eyes of the ignorant populace]

Location: Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution, rhif / no. 2

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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.

TRANSLATION
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.


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