It was the Druid's presage, who had long
In Geirionydd's [a] airy temple marked
The songs that from the Gwyllion [b] rose, of eve
The children, in the bosom of the lakes.
THE oldest account we have met with of Welsh Fairies is in the Itinerary of Giraldus Cambrensis, who, in the year 1188, accompanied Archbishop Baldwin in his tour through Wales, undertaken for the purpose of exciting the zeal of the people to take part in the crusade then in contemplation.
Giraldus, who was an attentive observer of nature and of mankind, has in this work given many beautiful descriptions of scenery, and valuable traits of manners. He is liberal of legends of saints, but such was the taste of his age. Among his narratives, however, he gives the two following, which show that there was a belief in South Wales in beings similar to the Fairies and Hobgoblins of England.
[a] A lake, on whose banks Taliesin resided.
[b] These Mr. Davies thinks correspond to the Gallicenae of Mela: see, Brittany.