Odes of the Months

attributed to Aneurin from Lyra Celtica Month of January--smoky is the vale; Weary the wine-bearer; strolling the minstrel; Lean the cow; seldom the hum of the bee; Empty the milk fold; void of meat the kiln; Slender the horse; very silent the bird; Long to the early dawn; short the afternoon; Justly spoke Cynfelyn, "Prudence is the best guide for man." Month of February--scarce are the dainties; Wakeful the adder to generate its poison; Habitual is reproach from frequent acknowledgement; The hired ox has not skill to complain; Three things produce dreadful evils, A woman's counsel, murder, and way-laying; Best is the dog upon a morning in spring; Alas! To him who murders his maid! Month of March--great is the forwardness of the birds, Severe is the cold wind upon the headlands; Serene weather will be longer than the crops; Longer continues anger than grief; Every one feels dread; Every bird wings to its mate. Every thing springs through the earth' But the dead, strong is his prison! Month of April--aerial is the horizon; Fatigued the oxen; bare the land; Common is the visitor without an invitation; Poor the deer; blithesome the hare; Everyone claims his labour; Happy his state who governs himself; Common is separation with virtuous children; Common, after presumption, is a long cessation. Month of May--wanton is the lascivious; Sheltering the ditch to everyone who loves it; Joyous the aged in his robes; Loquacious the cuckoo in the rural vales; Easy is society where there is affection; Covered with foliage are the woods, sportive the amorous, There comes as often to the market, The skin of the lamb as the skin of the sheep.

feeble his end. Three thngs follow every crime. Blithesome the bee. full the barn. prayer. Long the night. Bloody the blade. and charity. Smooth the sea. Alas! To him who merits disgrace by sin! Death is better than frequent extravagance.-Justly spake St. Bare the farm-yard--partly empty the circular eminence. The vagrant does not love a long confederacy. The devil loves all mischief. Is not worthy to have bread. "God judges. Full of fat the birds and the fish. Fasting. Let the shepherd go. the sea and the hamlet. Every might one. Month of July--the hay is apt to smoke. There is no success to the progeny of an unchaste person. Everyone covets honour. dissolved the snow. Full the flocks. . Common is it to posses all kinds of fruit:-A princely girl was born." Month of August--covered with foam is the beach. Month of November--very fat are the swine. Clean the perfect person. full the hive. pleasing the strand. Berned." Month of September--benign are the planets. Pleased the sea. apt to be firm the bog. playful the ladies. though man may prate. tasteless the cauldron. active the prisoner. Less and less the milk of the cow and the goat. To be our leader from painful slavery." Month of October--penetrable is the shelter. Fuller the stack than the theatre. Beautifully long the day. Justly spoke Saint Breda. Yellow the tops of the birch. "Evil will not be approached less than good. disgraceful the boasting word. let the minstrel come. He that will neither work nor pray.Month of June--beautiful are the fields. Common is it for steeds and men to be fatigued. God loves all tranquility. "God does not sleep when he gives deliverance. solitary the summer dwelling. Justly spoke the foster-son of Mary. Tending to please. Ardent the heat. Better the work of the sickle than the bow.

For three things men are not often concerned. the attribution of "wise sayings" to various figures is similar to "The Stanzas of the Wise Men. and determined the thief. A. Aneurin is a typically bitter poet. ed. a contemporary. 1924. similar to Llywarch Hen. and not the late 6th century of the historical Aneurin. though these are the only mentions of him in history. Cheerful the cock. Matthay. Reportedly from the Myvyrian Archaiology Attributed to Aneurin. look. "Yscolan" may also mean "the scholar. Finally. "God is better than an evil prophecy. Bernard. still is the muscle. what must be kept in mind is that this poem most certainly passed through the hands of Iolo Morgannwg. the poem does seem to make reference to St." --Lyra Celtica. Is Yscolan "Ysgolan" of the Myrddin poem? Hard to say. 1896. Bare are the trees. Sharp. as far as I know. and thus its authenticity simply as a medieval poem is suspect. angry. Whilst the twelve months proceed so sprightly. Of course. a contemporary of Taliesin and Myrddin.Respected is everyone who possesses property. Sorrow. this poem is not found in The Book of Aneurin. and an illiberal miser. Justly spoke Yscolan." which may have been a contemporary poem. Finally. Round the youthful mind. Edinburgh: John Grant. Month of December--the shoe is covered with dirt: Heavy the land. His most famous poem is Y Gododdin. Moreover. J. . is the spoiler Satan." Moreover. flagging the sun. E. which would place the composition of the poem into the late 12th century.

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