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From Plynlimon to the Severn Sea

by crowspark 

Posted: 21 April 2024
Word Count: 49
Summary: This was written in appreciation of our longest river. There is a statue of Sabrina in the Dingle Park in Shrewsbury. Until Tudor times the Bristol Channel was known as the Severn Sea

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From Plynlimon to the Severn Sea
Sabrina victim of jealousy
Cast into the raging flood
drained of her innocent blood
Killed for her father's infidelity

No siren she
a victim of her own
beauty, Sabrina
and her mother Estrildis
dragged from their palace
and drowned
out of malice.


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V`yonne at 10:14 on 22 April 2024  Report this post
Very nice, Bill. Sad story. But how did a woman win? Too beautiful you got accused of all sorts... Couple of warts and you were a witch. sad

crowspark at 10:38 on 22 April 2024  Report this post
Guendolen raised a Cornish army and attacked a palace near Abermule where her husbands mistress and daughter were living. Later she then put her own son on the throne and ruled in his stead.

michwo at 11:09 on 22 April 2024  Report this post
I've just looked up Estrildis on Wikipedia, Bill, and gleaned something of her back story.
If you were Welsh would you call Sabrina Hafren or Habren? It also means Severn apparently. Gwendolen's son was called Maddan and her actual husband, Locrinus, who had Estrildis as his mistress, abandoned them to proclaim Sabrina/Habren as his queen, thus giving rise to a deadly surge of righteous indignation on Gwendolen's part. Gwendolen's father was King Corineus of Cornwall.
dragged from their palace 
and drowned 
out of malice

puts it in a nutshell.
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crowspark at 11:24 on 22 April 2024  Report this post
Thanks Michael. Sabrina gets a mention in Milton's Comus as the water nymph who helps free "The Lady". Comus was written and performed at Ludlow Castle but also gets staged at Shrewsbury (my youngest son had a part as an attendant to Sabrina in the last production some years ago).

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