"Can I forget the sweet days that have been,

The villages so green that I have been in:

Llantarnam, Magor, Malpas, and Llanwern,

Liswery, old Caerleon, and Alteryn?

Can I forget the banks of Malpas Brook,

or Ebbw`s voice in such a wild delight,

As on he dashes with pebbles in his throat,

Gurgling towards the sea with all his might?

Ah, when I see a leafy village now,

I sight and ask it for Llantarnam`s green;

I ask each river where is Ebbw¬s voice-

In memory of the sweet days that have been.

by William Henry Davies

"When anxious, uneasy, and bad thoughts come I go to the sea...and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds..." Rainer Maria Rilke

"At the break of the day, and at evening`s close,

I love the sweet musicians who so fondly dwell,

In dear, plaintive murmurs, and the accents of woe.

I love the birds and their sweet voices

In the shooting lays of the wood." by Gwalchmai

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