Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night)

This is a traditional Welsh song and the lyrics were written by John Ceiriog Hughes (1832-1887).
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Holl amrantau'r sêr ddywedant,
Ar hyd y nos.
Dyma'r ffordd i fro gogoniant,
Ar hyd y nos;
Golau arall yw tywyllwch,
I arddangos gwir brydferthwch;
Teulu'r nefoedd mewn tawelwch,
Ar hyd y nos.

O! Mor siriol gwena'r seren,
Ar hyd y nos.
I oleuo'i chwaer ddaearen,
Ar hyd y nos.
Nos yw henaint pan ddaw cystudd,
Ond i harddu dyn a'i hwyrddydd
Rhown ein golau gwan i'n gilydd,
Ar hyd y nos.

Ho-hXll ahm-ran-tyre sayr tha-wade-ant,
Ahr heed eh nos.
Dah-mar forth-ee vroh go-gonyant,
Ahr heed eh nos;
Go-lye ar-ah-hXlloo tee-wehXll-ooXch
Ee ar-thangos gweer bride-vehr-thooXch;
Ty-leer nev-oythe men tah-wel-ooXch,
Ahr heed eh nos.

Ohh mor see ryol gwennahr sairen,
Ahr heed eh nos.
Ee oh-lay-oyXch-wire thy-airen,
Ahr heed eh nos.
Nos yew hen-nyant pahn thou kahs-teeth
Ohn-dee har-thee deen eyee hooir-theth
Roahn eyn go-lye gwahn een gill-eth
Ahr heed eh nos.

double "ll" = notated 'hXll' : place tip of tongue to roof of your mouth (like you're going to make an 'L' sound) and breathe out.

double "dd" = a "TH" sound as in 'thee'

double "ff" = an "F" sound, in contrast to the "V" sound of a single "f"

English Translation
Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night.
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night.
Soft and drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
I my loving vigil keeping
All through the night.

While the moon her watch is keeping,
All through the night.
While the weary world is sleeping,
All through the night.
O'er thy spirit gently stealing,
Visions of delight revealing,
Breathes a pure and holy feeling
All through the night.

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