David of the White Rock (Trad., arr. Philip Sparke)
This is an ancient Welsh air that was
first published in Relics of the
Welsh Bards in 1794.
Dafydd (David) Owain was a famous Welsh
bard who lived on a farm called Gareg Wen (The White Rock) in Eifionydd,
Carnarnvonshire, North Wales.
Tradition has it that on his deathbed he
called for his harp and composed this lovely melody, requesting that it be
played at his funeral. Accordingly, it was later played at the parish church of
Ynys-Cynhaiarn. Lyrics were later added by Ceiriog Hughes, which describe the