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The Sleeping Bard or, Visions of the World, Death, and Hell   By: (1671-1734)

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The Sleeping Bard or, Visions of the World, Death, and Hell by Ellis Wynne is a timeless literary masterpiece that delves deep into the human condition, captivating readers with its profound exploration of life, death, and the supernatural. Set in late 17th century Wales, this enchanting book weaves together a series of haunting visions and allegories that confront the darkest aspects of human existence.

Wynne's narrative style is both poetic and lyrical, transporting readers to a world where dreams and reality intertwine seamlessly. Through the eyes of the sleeping bard, we are granted glimpses into otherworldly realms, where the boundaries between the living and the dead blur, and moral dilemmas are examined with great introspection.

The author's mastery of language shines throughout the book, with vivid descriptions painting a vivid picture of the mystical landscapes and characters that populate this Welsh folklore-inspired world. Though written in the Welsh language originally, the translated version beautifully captures the essence of Wynne's prose, ensuring that the book's rich imagery and emotional depth are not lost in translation.

The Sleeping Bard leaves an indelible mark on the reader's mind. It compels us to ponder life's most profound questions: our purpose, the nature of good and evil, and the inevitability of mortality. With each vision, the bard's voice resounds with a singular urgency, challenging societal norms and exposing the flaws that humans often dismiss or overlook.

Beyond its philosophical depth, this book serves as a poignant social commentary, criticising the corruption and hypocrisy prevalent in Wynne's time. By interweaving allegorical elements with glimpses of everyday life, the author presents a scathing critique of the societal structures that perpetuate injustice and inequality. This powerful message still resonates today, prompting readers to reflect on the state of their own societies and consider how they might strive for a more just and compassionate world.

The Sleeping Bard is not merely a book; it is an immersive experience that transports us to a realm where reality and dreams intertwine, where life's greatest truths are unveiled. Ellis Wynne's masterful storytelling and thought-provoking visions make this book an unforgettable journey that leaves a lasting impact on its readers. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of literature and its ability to illuminate the deepest recesses of the human soul.

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THE SLEEPING BARD; OR Visions of the World, Death, and Hell, BY ELIS WYN.





The Sleeping Bard was originally written in the Welsh language, and was published about the year 1720. The author of it, Elis Wyn, was a clergyman of the Cambro Anglican Church, and a native of Denbighshire, in which county he passed the greater part of his life, at a place called Y las Ynys. Besides the Sleeping Bard, he wrote and published a book in Welsh, consisting of advice to Christian Professors. The above scanty details comprise all that is known of Elis Wyn. Both his works have enjoyed, and still enjoy, considerable popularity in Wales.

The Sleeping Bard, though a highly remarkable, is not exactly entitled to the appellation of an original work. There are in the Spanish language certain pieces by Francisco Quevedo, called "Visions or Discourses;" the principal ones being "The Vision of the Carcases, the Sties of Pluto, and the Inside of the World Disclosed; The Visit of the Gayeties, and the Intermeddler, the Duenna and the Informer." With all these the Visions of Elis Wyn have more or less connection. The idea... Continue reading book >>

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