Taliesin

 

 

"Primary chief poet

Am I to Elphin.

And my native country

Is the place of the Summer Stars.

"John the Divine

Called me Merlin,

But all future kings

Shall call me Taliesin.

 

"I was nine full months

In the womb of Ceridwen.

Before that I was Gwion,

But now I am Taliesin.

 

"I was with my king

In the heavens

When Lucifer fell

Into the deepest hell.

 

"I carried the banner

Before Alexander.

I know the names of the stars

From the North to the South.

 

"I was in Caer Bedion

Tetragrammaton.

I accompanied Heon

To the vale of Hebron.

 

"I was in the canon

When Absalom was slain.

I was in Llys Don

Before the birth of Gwydion.

 

"I was patriarch

To Elijah and Enoch.

I was there at the crucifixion

Of the merciful Mabon.

 

"I was the foreman

At the construction of Nimrod's Tower.

I was three times

In the prison of Arianrhod.

 

"I was in the ark

With Noah and Alpha

I witnessed the destruction

Of Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

"I was in Africa

Before the building of Rome.

I came here

To the remnant of Troy .

 

"I was with the Lord

In the manger of the ass.

I upheld Moses

Through the water of Jordan.

 

"I was at the Cross

With Mary Magdalene.

I received the muse

From Ceridwen's cauldron.

 

"I was a harping bard

To Deon of Lochlin.

I have gone hungry

For the Righteous One.

 

"I was at the White Mount

in the court of Cynfelyn.

In stocks and in fetters

For a year and a day.

 

"I was in the larder

In the land of the Trinity.

And no-one knows whether my body

Is flesh or fish.

 

"I was instructor

To the whole universe.

I shall be until the judgement

On the face of the Earth.

 

"I have sat in the perilous seat

Above Caer Sidi.

I shall continue to revolve

Between the three elements.

 

"There is a marvel in the world

Which I cannot reveal."