Wales National Anthem

GOING THROUGH MY TAPES OF THE EARLY SIXTIES, I’ve just today come upon a 3 3/4 i.p.s. recording of “Land of my Fathers” – the Wales National Anthem – sung by one of my favorite singers of yore, namely, Paul Robeson. The sound quality leaves much to be desired, but I am happy to say that on searching the Internet I found an excellent alternative on YouTube, published on Mar 11, 2010, that may be accessed right here:

Land of my Fathers

The stirring lyrics are given below so that you may follow the words while the great singer performs:

Dear land of my fathers, whose glories were told
By bard and by minstrel who loved thee of old;
Dear country whose sires, that their sons might be free,
Have suffered and perished for thee!

Wales! Wales! Land of mist and wild,
Where’er I roam,
Though far from my home,
The mother is calling her child

The Lord of great Snowdon in brave days of yore
for thee fought for freedom by Mona’s green shore
their courage undaunted inspires all our lays
our harps ere resound to their praise.

Wales! Wales! Land of mist and wild,
Where’er I roam,
Though far from my home,
The mother is calling her child.

Wales! Wales! Land of mist and wild,
Where’er I roam,
Though far from my home,
The mother is calling her child.

Afterword:
During my college days in England in the early fifties, I spent a holiday hitchhiking in Wales and counted walking in the shadow of Snowdon accompanied by companions from Argentina and France as one of the highlights.

Wales is, indeed, a land of mist and wild!

References: My Diary; Wikipedia

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