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The lyrics and chords fit Siwsann George’s version from her album ‚Traditional Songs of Wales / Caneuon Traddodiadol Cymru’ without the bagpipes intro and outro. Use a capo on the 2nd fret.

(G)Dwedwch, fawrion o wybodaeth
O ba beth y (D)gwaethpwyd (G)hiraeth;
A pha ddefnydd (D)a roed (G)ynddo
Na ddarfyddo (D7)wrth ei (G)wisgo.

(G)Derfydd aur a derfydd arian
Derfydd melfed, (D)derfydd (G)sidan;
Derfydd pob di(D)elldyn (G)helaeth
Eto er hyn ni (D7)dderfydd (G)hiraeth.

(G)Hiraeth, mawr a hiraeth creulon
Hiraeth sydd yn (D)torri (G)’nghalon,
Pan fwy’ dyrma’ ’r (D)nos yn (G)cysgu
Fe ddaw hiraeth (D7)ac a’m (G)deffry.

(G)Hiraeth, Hiraeth, cilia, cilia
Paid phwysgo (D)mor drwm (G)arna’,
Nesa tipyn (D)at yr (G)erchwyn
Gad i mi gael (D7)cysgu (G)gronyn.
English Translation

Tell me, masters of Wisdom from what thing is longing made;
And what is put in it that it never fades through wearing it.

Gold fades, silver fades, velvet fades. Silk fades,
Everything fades - but longing never fades.

Great and cruel longing breaks my heart,
When I am sleeping at my heaviest at night.
Longing comes and wakes me.

Go away longing and don’t wiegh so heavily upon me,
Let me have a moment of sleep.


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