The Faery Legend of Ystrad, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Waunfawr Wales
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Category: Fairies
Sub Category: Fairy Ladies Marrying Men
Title: The Faery Legend of Ystrad


In a meadow belonging to Ystrad, bounded by the river which falls from Cwellyn Lake, they say the Faeries used to assemble, and dance on fair moon-light-nights.  One evening a young man, who was the heir and occupier of this farm, hid himself in a thicket close to the spot where they used to gambol; presently they appeared and when in their merry mood, out he bounced from his covert and seized one of their females; the rest of the company dispersed themselves, and disappeared in an instant.| Disregarding her struggles and screams, the young man hauled the faery to his home, where he treated her so very kindly that she became content to live with him as his maid servant; but he could not prevail upon her to tell him her name.|  Some time after, happening again to see the Faeries upon the same spot, he heard one of them saying, ‘The last time we met here, our sister Penelope was snatched away from us by one of the mortals!’| Rejoiced at knowing the name of his Incognita, the young man returned home. As the faery was very beautiful, he proposed to marry her, which she would not for a long time consent to. After some time, however, she complied, but on this condition, ‘That if ever he should strike her with iron, she would leave him, and never return to him again.’|  They lived happily for many years together, and he had by her a son, and a daughter; and by her industry and prudent management as a house-wife he became one of the richest men in the country.  He farmed, besides his own freehold, all the lands on the north side of Nant-y-Betws to the top of Snowdon, and all of Cwmbrwynog in Llanberis; an extent of about five thousand acres or upwards.| Unfortunately, one day Penelope followed her husband into the field to catch a horse. He was in a rage at the animal which kept running away from him and in his anger threw at the animal the bridle that was in his hand, which unluckily fell on poor Penelope.  She disappeared in an instant and he never saw her afterwards, but heard her voice in the window of his room one night after, requesting him to take care of the children, in these words:—|Rhag bod anwyd ar fy mab,Yn rhodd rhowch arno gôb ei dad,| Rhag bod anwyd ar liw’r cann, Rhoddwch arni bais ei mam.|That is—|Oh! lest my son should suffer cold, Him in his father’s coat infold, Lest cold should seize my darling fair, For her, her mother's robe prepare.


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