The Devil Appearing to a Young Man, The Devil, Evil Spirits, Satan in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Pentrefoelas Wales
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Title: The Devil Appearing to a Young Man

A young man, who had left Pentrefoelas to live in a farm house called Hafod Elwy, had to go over the hills to Denbigh on business.  He started very early, before the cock crew, and as it was winter, his journey over the bleak moorlands was dismal and dreary.  When he had proceeded several miles on his journey, an unaccountable dread crept over him.  He tried to dispel his fear by whistling and by knocking the ground with his walking stick, but all in vain.  He stopped and thought of returning home, but this he could not do, for he was more afraid of the ridicule of his friends than of his own fear, and therefore he proceeded on his journey and reached Pont Brenig. There he stopped for a while and listened, thinking he might see or hear someone approaching.  To his horror, he observed, through the glimmering light of the coming day, a tall gentleman approaching, and by a great exertion he mastered his feelings so far as to enable him to walk towards the stranger, but when within a few yards of him he stood still, for from fright he could not move.  He noticed that the gentleman wore grey clothes and breeches fastened with yellow buckles,;on his coat were two rows of buttons like gold, his shoes were low, with bright clasps to them.  Strange to say, this gentleman did not pass the terrified man, but stepped into the bog and disappeared from view.Ever afterwards, when this man passed the spot where he had met the Devil, he found there money or other valuables. 

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