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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery   By: (1803-1881)

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“Their Lord they shall praise, Their language they shall keep, Their land they shall lose, Except Wild Wales.”

TALIESIN: Destiny of the Britons


FIRST EDITION 1862 SECOND EDITION 1865 THIRD EDITION 1888 FOURTH EDITION 1896 FIFTH (DEFINITIVE) EDITION 6/ March , 1901 Reprinted Thin Paper July , 1905 Reprinted 6/ Sept. , 1907 Reprinted 2/6 net. Sept. , 1907


This edition of Wild Wales has been carefully collated with the first edition, in order to ensure that the spelling of proper names shall be precisely as Borrow left it, and the running headings on the right hand pages as nearly as possible those which Borrow himself wrote.

January 1901.


All the Plates in this volumes are from drawings by Mr. A. S. HARTRICK {0}

Above Capel Curig on the road to Bangor Frontispiece ( Photogravure ) Llangollen and Dinas Bran to face page 32 The Wilds of Snowdown 200 In Anglessey. Redwharf Bay (Treath Coch), and 212 the Country of Gronwy Owen The Wondrous Valley of Gelert 312 Cascade on the Moor between Festiniog and Balla 328 Balla Lake in the Fifties, showing the Aran 346 Mountain and Cader Idris. ( Drawn from an old print ) Chirk (Castell y Waen) 366 Twilight after a Storm. Dinas Mawddwy 494 Eastern Street, Machynlleth, showing part of 512 Owen Glendower’s Parliament House The Devil’s Bridge 558 The Remains of Strata Florida Abbey from the 596 Churchyard “Pump Saint” 632

Map of Wales showing Borrow’s Route to face page 1


Wales is a country interesting in many respects, and deserving of more attention than it has hitherto met with. Though not very extensive, it is one of the most picturesque countries in the world, a country in which Nature displays herself in her wildest, boldest, and occasionally loveliest forms. The inhabitants, who speak an ancient and peculiar language, do not call this region Wales, nor themselves Welsh. They call themselves Cymry or Cumry, and their country Cymru, or the land of the Cumry. Wales or Wallia, however, is the true, proper, and without doubt original name, as it relates not to any particular race, which at present inhabits it, or may have sojourned in it at any long bygone period, but to the country itself. Wales signifies a land of mountains, of vales, of dingles, chasms, and springs. It is connected with the Cumbric bal, a protuberance, a springing forth; with the Celtic beul or beal, a mouth; with the old English welle, a fountain; with the original name of Italy, still called by the Germans Welschland; with Balkan and Vulcan, both of which signify a casting out, an eruption; with Welint or Wayland, the name of the Anglo Saxon god of the forge; with the Chaldee val, a forest, and the German wald; with the English bluff, and the Sanscrit palava—startling assertions, no doubt, at least to some; which are, however, quite true, and which at some future time will be universally acknowledged so to be... Continue reading book >>

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