…Realising that Merlin could not be appeased by worldly gifts,
king Rhydderch ordered him bound by strong chains
lest he escape again into the Caledonian forests.
Merlin’s demeanour immediately became saddened,
all smiles of joy fell from his face, and he refused to utter another word.
Just then, queen Ganieda entered the hall in search of her husband.
The king greeted her, took her by the hand and bade her sit down.
Embracing her, he pressed his lips to hers in a kiss.
Noticing a leaf hanging from Ganieda’s tresses,
king Rhydderch removed it letting it fall, twisting, to the ground.
Observing all this, Merlin’s face stretched into a broad smile,
but when questioned he refused to say what had amused him;
“A miser loves a gift and the greedy man labours to get one,
yet unless my liberty is granted, I shall not explain my laughter.”
King Rhydderch ordered Merlin’s chains to be loosed,
and granted permission for him to again seek the wild groves.
“The reason I laughed,” said Merlin, “was in the admixture of praise and blame,
by removing the leaf from queen Ganieda’s tresses you acted more faithfully
than she who lay under a bush with her lover to catch that leaf in her hair!”