DANIEL DDU--NICANDER--IEUAN GLAN GEIRIONYDD.
THE REV. DANIEL
EVANS (Daniel Ddu) was born at
Llanfihangel-Ystrad, in the county of Cardigan, in
the year 1792. He studied at Oxford, and afterwards
became a Fellow of Jesus College. He used
to spend much of his time between the terms in
the neighbourhood of his birth, where he was half
worshipped by the peasantry. They held some
strange notions with regard to Oxford; and nothing
could put out of their heads the belief that its
ancient colleges were the favourite haunts of a
motley crew of ghosts of a very doubtful character.
He himself was considered an expert in 'raising
spirits'; and as to his familiarity with the 'black
art'--how could there be a doubt of it, when he
could speak Latin as well as Mephistopheles himself?
If he never abused his power to do them ill,
it was only another proof of his good nature. In
the latter part of his life he was much troubled
with melancholy, and died when he was fifty-four
years of age. He wrote some very successful
Eisteddvodic poetry; but nothing that he has
written is so well known as the following hymn-poem
on the Prodigal Son, with its effective
arrangement of light and shade. Its dramatic cast
stands in the way of its being used as a whole;
but some of the verses are extensively known.