… So, Merlin became mindful of himself.
Moved by affection he groaned
at the name of his queen, Gwendolina,
and asked to be taken to the court of King Rhydderch.
Straightaway the messenger led Merlin from the woods
and onto the city of the king, where he was met
with great rejoicing by his sister, Ganieda, and his wife, Gwendolina.
But when Merlin saw the great throngs of men flocking
to greet him and to celebrate his return he again
became mad and filled with desire to seek his solace in the wood.
Then king Rhydderch ordered him to be restrained
and he posted a guard over him and had the strains
of the cither played for him constantly to soften his mood.
And all the while the king beseeched Merlin,
imploring him to stay in the city
and promised him gifts of clothing, birds, horses and dogs,
as well as costly jewels and chattels crafted of the finest metals.
Merlin said only, “to these gifts I prefer the expansive oaks of Caledonia
and the lofty mountains with lush pastures at their feet.”