"Wreckers of Hells Mouth 1629"

The poem below is about wreckers, these were people that were prepared to kill seafarers and rob even the dead bodies of rings and other valuables. This particular attack took place in Hells Mouth in1629, At that time Wrecking was a popular past time in Rhiw. To attract ships the wreckers set gorse bushes alight, and on this occasion a French pleasure vessel fell victim. She had the gentry and their beautiful young female companions on board, but they were all disposed of in the same cruel manner, thrown over the side and left to fend for themselves. When the perpetrators were caught. Two of them Sion y Sarn and Hugh Treheli were taken to the village of Llanbedrog, where they were hung at the gallows, and their bodies were left hanging till they rot. As a warning to others. (The two men were neighbours, Hugh from Treheli, and Sion from Sarn-y-Plas a neighbouring cottage)

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Y Bleserlong

Daeth pleserlong hardd yr olwg

I fau Neigwl hyn sydd amlwg.

Gyda'r gwyllnos, distaw rywfodd

Ger y Trwynau yr angorodd.

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Draw o Ffrainc yn llawn bon'ddigion

Gyda merchaid ieuanc gwiwlon,

Ar ei bwrdd roedd pawb yn llawen

Heb un cyffro, poen na chynnen.

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Gwyr o Rhiw fu yn cynllunio

Pa fodd gallent eu hysbeilio,

Cynent dan o wellt a rhedyn

I'w hyd-ddenu at y dibyn.

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Tori'r bysedd, tori'r clustiau

Er cael allan aur fodrwyau;

Bwrw'r merched glan i'r tonnau

Dyna rai o'u herchyllderau.

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Dau yn unig gaed yn euog

O'r camwri anhrugarog,

Sion y Sarn a Hugh Treheli

Dyna'r ddau a gadd eu crogi.

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Aed a hwy i Forfa Crugan

Ar ddau bolyn mawr i hongian,

Yno buont hyd nes braenu

Fel yn rhybudd  i'r holl Gymru.

                                Ieuan Llyn.

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