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David Owen on Margaret Thatcher, speaking off-the-record to Brian Walden, quotes by Charles Moore in his biography of Mrs Thatcher. (via johnthelutheran)
“Bydwch lawen a chedwch ych ffyd a’ch cret, a gwnewch y petheu bychein a glywyssawch ac a welsawch gennyf i. A mynheu a gerdaf y fford yd aeth an tadeu idi”, which translates as, “Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.”
From a sermon of St. David found in The Welsh Life of St. David, edited by D. Simon Evans,deals with 14th century Welsh texts based on earlier Latin versions of Rhygyvarch’s Life. (U. of Wales Press, 1988, ISBN 0-7083-0995-X.)
"Do ye the little things in life" ("Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd”) is today a very well known phrase in Welsh.
John Weston’s summary of he life and times of St. David reads as follows:
St. David is the only Welsh saint to be canonized and culted in the Western Church. He has been the patron saint of Wales since the 12th century, but very little is known about his life. He died in 589 or 601 after founding a monastery in the area of Pembrokeshire which now bears his name, and living an austere life devoted to God. He is first to be found in an Irish Catalogue of Saints dating from around 730 and by 800 his feast day was determined as March 1st.
By the 9th century he had gained the name Aquaticus because he and the monks of his establishments were supposed to have drunk only water. His earliest Life* appeared around 1090 and was composed by a son of Sulien, bishop of St. David’s. The aim of this work was to promote the independence of the Welsh church. The Life tells us that St. David founded ten monasteries (including Glastonbury) and that the monks were vegetarian. Their regime included manual labour, study and worship.