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Men of Harlech
Last updated: 22.04.17
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"Men of Harlech" is fine resounding stuff known from my school days with blood-curdling lyrics. The version I sing today can be found in Andrew Gant's Folk Songs of the British Isles. Of course this song can also be found in Songs of Wales/Caneuon Cymru (under the splendid title of Rhyfelgyrch gwr Harlech) and Welcome to Wales both having English lyrics by John Oxenford. It is interesting to note that Andrew's version has the final triumphant line of Britain wins the field compared with Cambria ne'er can yield given in the other two. The song is of course, about the Welsh routing the hated Saxons in pre-Norman days so it is somewhat bemusing to record the political correctness of Andrew's version (he does not quote its sources other than traditional).
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