Ar Lan y Môr

Ar Lan y Môr: Lyrics

"Ar Lan y Môr" (Beside the Sea or By the Sea) is a popular, traditional Welsh folk song - it is also a love song about a girl named Elin. It was first published in the Journal of the Welsh Folk-Song Society in 1937. Since that time, it has been sung by many famous singers including in more recent times, Aled Jones, Ar Log, Bryn Terfel, Dafydd Iwan, Elin Fflur, Endaf Emlyn, Max Boyce, Only Men aloud and Katherine Jenkins to name just a few! Plus a few male Voice Choirs!

Ar Lan y Môr - By the seaside - Welsh folk song with lyrics and English translation
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There often are different versions of the words in these old songs such as Ar Lan y Môr but the original words are included below. This is a love song but the composer (or composers) of the melody and the lyrics is unknown.


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Ar Lan y Môr - Original Lyrics with English Translation



Ar lan y môr mae rhosys cochion
Ar lan y môr mae lilis gwynion
Ar lan y môr mae 'nghariad inne
Yn cysgu'r nos a chodi'r bore.

Ar lan y môr mae carreg wastad
Lle bûm yn siarad gair â'm cariad
O amgylch hon fe dyf y lili
Ac ambell gangen o rosmari.

Ar lan y môr mae cerrig gleision
Ar lan y môr mae blodau'r meibion
Ar lan y môr mae pob rinweddau
Ar lan y môr mae nghariad innau.

Llawn yw'r môr o swnd a chegryn
Llawn yw'r wy o wyn a melyn
Llawn yw'r coed o ddail a blode
Llawn o gariad merch wyf inne.

Mor hardd yw'r haul yn codi'r bore
Mor hardd yw'r enfys aml ei liwie
Mor hardd yw natur ym Mehefin
Ond harddach fyth yw wyneb Elin

Down by the sea red roses are blooming;
Down by the sea white lilies are gleaming;
Down by the sea my true love is dwelling,
Sleeping all night, rising up in the morning

Down where the sea laps at the flat rock
My love and I did wander and talk;
All around us grew the white lily,
And there were sprigs of rosemary.

By the seaside are blue stones
By the seaside are the sons’ flowers
By the seaside is every virtue
By the seaside is my sweetheart.

Full the sea of sand and billows
Full the egg of whites and yellows
Full the woods of leaf and flower
Full my heart of love for ever.

Fair the sun at new day’s dawning
Fair the rainbow’s colours shining
Fair the summer, fair as heaven
Fairer yet the face of Elin


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