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10. Chapel Row - Joseph Parry’s Birthplace Museum

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Chapel Row - Joseph Parry’s Birthplace Museum

Built in the 1820's for the workers of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks, Number 4 Chapel Row was the birthplace of Wales best known composer, Joseph Parry, born in 1841. 

His much loved 'Myfanwy' is still a favourite of Welsh Male Voice Choirs to this day. The interior of the cottage is set in the 1840's and shows the living conditions of the ironworkers at the time when Parry was a young boy, as well as displays on Parry's life and music.

Why is it anger, O Myfanwy,
That fills your eyes so dark and clear?
Your gentle cheeks, O sweet Myfanwy,
Why blush they not when I draw near?
Where is the smile that once most tender
Kindled my love so fond, so true?
Where is the sound of your sweet words,
That drew my heart to follow you?
What have I done, O my Myfanwy,
To earn your frown? What is my blame?
Was it just play, my sweet Myfanwy,
To set your poet's love aflame?
You truly once to me were promised,
Is it too much to keep your part?
I wish no more your hand, Myfanwy,
If I no longer have your heart.
Myfanwy, may you spend your lifetime
Beneath the midday sunshine's glow,
And on your cheeks O may the roses
Dance for a hundred years or so.
Forget now all the words of promise
You made to one who loved you well,
Give me your hand, my sweet Myfanwy,
But one last time, to say "farewell".

Chapel Row Address:
4 Chapel Row
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1BN

Chapel Row Opening Times:
From the 1st April to 30th September
Thursday to Sunday, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Chapel Row Admission:

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