To Her Husband Beating Her

In honor of St. David’s Day, we present this work by one of the greatest medieval Welsh poets.

Gwerful Mechain
1460 – 1502


Through your heart’s lining let there be pressed, slanting down,
A dagger to the bone in your chest.
Your knee smashed, your hand crushed, may the rest
Be gutted by the sword you possessed.

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