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Saturday 4th September 2004
Cornish Gorsedd 2004
Cornish Gorsedd 2004
The Bards march down Boscawen Street.

On Saturday 4th September, Cornwall Bards gathered in Truro for the 76th Cornish Gorsedd. Bards from all over the world gathered in Lemon Quay for the ceremony and celebrations.

At present, there are over 500 Cornish Bards around the world, at least 250 of them were in Cornwall this weekend. Every year they meet for the Cornish Gorsedd, which exists to maintain and express the national celtic spirit of Cornwall, to encourage the study of Cornish history and to link with other Celtic countires.

This year there were Celtic representatives from Breton and Wales who came to see the welcoming of 29 new Bards and the celebrations as well as many Cornishpeople who came to see the event. The title of 'Bard' is awarded to a Cornish person for their outstanding commitments to their county and as a recognition of their acheivement.

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People from all over the world came to see the Gorsedd

This years Gorsedd began just after 2pm when robed Bards follwed the Civic procession from the Methodist Church Hall to the circle on Lemon Quay. Once there, the ceremony was statred by the symbollic call to Cornwall, which is the sounding of the Horn of the Nation to the four compass points.

After the ceremony of Peace, the Gorsedd was declared open and offerings of fruit and flowers were layed by the Lady of Cornwall. At this satge,the Grand bard, Rod Lyon stepped up infront of the circle to remember Bard past and present.

29 new Bards were welcomed into the community and were awarded their Bardic name. For full coverage of the Gorsedd, listen to our audio highlights and interviews below.

The Gorsedd Prayer

Ro, a Dhew, dha Wyth,
Hag yn Gwyth, Nerth,
Hag yn Nerth, Skyans,
Hag yn Skyans, Gothvos,
Hag yn Gothvos, Gothvos an Ewn,
Hag yn Gothvos an Ewn, y Gara,
Hag a Gara, Cara pup Bewnans,
Hag yn pup Bewnans Cara Dew:
Dew ha pup-oll Dader.
The Gorsedd PrayerEnglish

Grant, O God Thy Protection,
And in Protection, Power,
And in Power, Wisdom,
And in Wisdom, Knowledge,
And in Knowledge, Knowledge of what is Just,
And in Knowledge of what is Just, the Love of it,
And from Loving, to Love all Existence,
And in all Existence to Love God:
God and all Goodness.

Click here to hear the Gorsedd highlights part 1
Click here to hear the Gorsedd highlights part 2
Click here to hear the Gorsedd highlights part 3
Click here to hear the full interview with Grand Bard, Rod Lyon


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