Ni thau awen o’i thewi

Mae erioed i’w marw hi

(Gerallt Lloyd Owen)

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Awen is not silent in its silence

Forever is its finality


These two lines from a master of cynghanedd express with profound simplicity the nature of Awen. My translation of them cannot achieve the woven interlocking of sound and sense which is contained in the Welsh. But I hope it captures something of the  concentrated power of the original.