[Spellyans] 'Tryga' - personal form

Eddie Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Sep 17 08:00:42 IST 2011


Here's an interesting attestation of 'tryga' being used in an inflected personal form. It's from the chorus of the traditional song 'Wembalo', as recorded by Mr.C.C.James (Old Cornwall, III 521).

> 'Wembalo' (burdhen):
> Gans ow whym wham wembalo,
> Coweth hunek yn benbalo,
> Meppygow yn benbalo, 
> yn blejen (a) drygons-y.

Note that this personal form is not demanded by the song's metre: 'yn blejen trygys yns (y)' has the same scansion. And there's no rhyme to consider with this line. It would seem to be a simple stylistic choice.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with 'trygys yu/yma trygys' etc., but it seems there's another attested possibility we may use.

Eddie Climo
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