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Llyfyr Talyessin: The Book of Taliesin

"The MS. called the Book of Taliesin is a small quarto MS. written on vellum, in one hand throughout, of the early part of the fourteenth century... It consists now of thirty-eight leaves on vellum... The outter page both at the the beginning and at the ending is wanting, and the MS. now begins in the middle of the poem known by the name of "Prif Gygarch Taliessin," and ends in the middle of a poem called "Darogan Katwaladyr." --from The Four Ancient Books of Wales, vol. ii. p 397.

The book purports to record the poems of the sixth century Welsh bard Taliesin, poet of the court of Urien of Rheged, and generally agreed to be a historical figure. However, most of the poems attributed to him in the book are believed to have been written from the ninth century onward.

The table of contents is as follows, with untitled poems given with the first line in italics:

Prif Gyfarch Taliessin -- The First Address of Taliesin
Marwnat y Vil Veib -- The Elegy on the Thousand Sons
Buarch Beird-- The Circle of Bards
Aduvyneu Taliesin--
Deus Duw Delwat--
Armes Prydein Vawr-- The Greater Prophesy of Britain
Angar Kyfyndawt -- The Hostile Confederacy
Cad Goddeu - The Battle of the Trees
Mab Gyfreu Taliesin-- The Juvenile Accomplishments of Taliesin
Daronwy -- Daronwy
En enw gwledic nef goludawc
Glaswawt Taliesin-- In Praise of Taliesin
Kadeir Taliesin-- The Chair of Taliesin
Golychafi gulwyd arglwyd pop echen--
Kerdd Veib ap Llyr-- Song Before the Sons of Llyr
Kadeir Teyrnon-- The Chair of the Sovereign
Kadeir Kerrituen-- The Chair of Cerridwen
Kanu Ygwynt-- The Song of Ygwynt
Kychweldyl am dodyw o galchuynyd
Kanu y Med-- The Meed Song
Kanu y Cwrwf-- The Ale Song
Archaf y wen y duw plwyf escori-- In Praise of Tenby
Plaeu Yr Reifft-- The Plagues of Egypt
Trawsganu Kynan-- The Satire on Cynon
Lath Moessen-- The Staff of Moses
Torrit anuyndawl
Y gofeissvys byt
Ar clawr eluyd y gystedlyd ny ryanet
Ryfedaf na chiawr
Ad duw meidat duw dofydat dewin trugar
Preiddu Annwn]-- The Spoils of Annwn (or Annwfn)
Arwyre gwyr katraeth gan dyd
Vryen yr echwyd
Eggofrrowys can rychedwys
Ar wn blynedd
Gweith Argoet Llwyfein-- The Battle of Argoed Lwyfein
Ardwyre reget rysed rieu
Yspeil Taliesin-- The Spoils of Taliesin
En enw gwledic nef gorchordyon
Dadolwch Vryen-- The Satisfaction of Urien
Marwnat Erof-- The Elegy of Ercwlf (Hercules)
Marwnat Madawc-- The Elegy of Madoc
Marwnat Corroi m. Dayry-- The Elegy of Corroi son of Dayry (CuRoi mac Daire)
Marwndat Dylan eil Ton-- The Elegy of Dylan son of the Wave
Marwnat Owein-- The Elegy of Owain ab Urien
Marwnat Aeddon Mor-- The Elegy of Aeddon of Mor
Marwnat Cunedda-- The Elegy of Cunedda
Armes Prydein Bychan-- The Lesser Prophesy of Britain
Marwnat Vthyr Pen-- The Elegy of Uthur Pendragon
Kein gyfedwch y am deulwch
Rydyrchafwy duw ar plwyf brython
Trindawt tragywyd a oreu eluyd
Gwawt Lud y Mawr-- In Praise of Lludd the Great
Yn wir dymbi romani kar
Ymarwar Llud Bychan-- The Reconcillation of Lludd the Lesser
Kanu y Byt Mawr-- Song of the Great World
Kany y Byt Bychan-- Song of the Little World
Darogan Katwaladyr

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