b. 1-13-1887; Trawsfynydd, Meirionydd, North Wales
d. 7-31-1917; Pilckem Ridge, Ypres - Battle of Paschendale
Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn, born Ellis Humphrey Evans, was killed during the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I.
He took the name Hedd Wyn, meaning “blessed peace”, in 1910.
Hedd Wyn quote ~
• “Why must I live in this grim age,
When, to a far horizon, God
Has ebbed away, and man, with rage,
Now wields the sceptre and the rod?
Man raised his sword, once God had gone,
To slay his brother, and the roar
Of battlefields now casts upon
Our homes the shadow of the war.
The harps to which we sang are hung,
On willow boughs, and their refrain
Drowned by the anguish of the young
Whose blood is mingled with the rain.”
• The English Works of Wyclif Hitherto Unprinted