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Vol. 15, No. 3 Mar. 1928

An English pilgrim in Dewisland

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through the ancient gateway, and there, separ-
ated from him by thirty-nine steps, steep symbols
of the Articles of Religion, lies a vision of over-
whelming beauty-the vast Romanesque Cathe-
dral, set between fragments of two Gothic jewels,
St. Mary's College on the one hand and the
Bishop's Palace on the other.
Be his mysticism fired by history, romance or
art, the pilgrim who climbs down and enters the
Cathedral will sate his need. For Truth and Tra-
dition intertwine round the pillars and about the
stones; and everywhere is the sense of beauty,
till in the great nave it seems as though it must
descend on him like dew, concentrated in those
carved drops hanging from the oak roof.
Here are second century stones suggesting a
journey of St. Paul There discloses itself slowly
a fresco bearing the features of Henry IV, while
away in the South Transept, saint, historian and
poet may outdream each other before the heraldic
bearings of all the Bishops who have held the See
since days before ever St. Augustine found his
way to Kent.
As beset with mystic memories as that sea-
shore where an earlier St. Augustine saw visions,
is all this country of Dewi. Built of the grape-
coloured stone of its own bays, the Cathedral has
given these in return its saints to haunt them-
St. Nun's Bay, Porth Stinian, Porth Melgan all
nestle in the greater bay of St. Bride. And as the
by the Rev. Gwilym Davies, M.A.
READERS of the Social Diary in the De-
cember number of the "Welsh Outlook"
were interested to know of the Robert
Owen Memorial contemplated by the Welsh
League of Nations Union. The International
Labour Office has readily consented to the accept-
ance of an offer from Wales of a bust in bronze of
Robert Owen of Newtown. "It is only fitting,"
wrote M. Albert Thomas, the Director of the
I.L.O., "that Wales should be represented in the
Office by one of her most illustrious sons and one
who did so much to promote the ideals for which
we are striving. It would indeed be a source of
keen satisfaction to us to receive such a gift as a
tangible proof of the sympathy with which our
efforts are regarded in the Principality and to see
Wales take her place along with other countries
whose generosity has gone so far to relieve the
austerity of our new building." Robert Owen's
eldest son, Robert Dale Owen, was a member-of
the United States Congress, and I was told in
America that he was largely responsible for the
establishment of Washington's Museum, the
Smithsonian Institute, It is in the Smithsonian
saints have their bays, so have the bays their
chapels for the saints-St. Nun's Chapel, St.
Justinian's Chapel, St. Patrick's Chapel-these
are but a few.
At high tide the sea takes possession of the
bays and drives the pilgrim on to the cliffs above
to pick his way along a track, its outline blurred
with purple and gold of heather and gorse, to the
great promontory of St. David's Head, where the
seals disport themselves below the hut circles
and the great Cromlech with its sacrificial stone
sloping to the sun like its fellow at Stonehenge.
For at St. David's alone is found the rock forma-
of which the giant group on Salisbury Plain is
composed. So the scientist tells us, bringing his
share of miracle to St. David's store of legends.
And surely it was child's play for Birnam Wood
to come to Dunsinane, compared with the journey
of the rocks from St. David's to Stonehenge.
Miracle There indeed is the touchstone for
everything in Dewisland, the secret which reveals
itself to the pilgrim who finds there the light that
never was on sea or land.' There are rare
moments when St. Bride's Bay under the western
sky is as water turned to wine-when clouds and
sea are dyed the rich colour of that purple stone
of her shore which went to build the Cathedral.
Then indeed does St. David's become, in appear-
ance as well as reality, a city which is at unity
with itself.
Institute that the original copy may be seen of the
Memorial from the Women of Wales to the
Women of America, and it is there that the oak
chest is treasured with its 500,000 Welsh signa-
tures. So are linked in association the Welsh
women's enterprise and the latest undertaking of
the Welsh Union for the worthier representation
of Wales at Geneva.
There is some hope of Professor Madariaga,
the new Professor of Spanish at Oxford, as one of
the speakers at the Whitsuntide Conference at
Swansea of the League of Nations Union. It can
be confidently said that no departure from Geneva
has been more regretted than that of Sefior
Salvador de Madariaga. Chief of the Disarma-
ment Section, he was Secretary of the Committee
that fashioned Viscount Cecil's idea of a Treaty
of Mutual Assistance, as he was later the Secre-
tary of the Committee that drafted certain clauses
of the Protocol. The tribute of Dr. Benes, the
Chairman of the League's Disarmament Commis-
sion, to Senor de Madariaga was as fine as it was
deserved. Born in 1886, slight in build and won-
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