Satan Snatching A Man Up Into The Air

It would appear that poor Bob was doomed to a sad end. His last exploit

is thus given:--

Wrth fyned adre o chware cardia, ar Bont Maesgwyn gwelai Robert Llwyd

Hari gylch crwn o dan; bu agos iddo droi yn ol, cymerodd galon eilwaith

gan gofio fod ganddo Feibl yn ei boced, ac i ffordd ag e rhyngddo a'r

tan, a phan oedd yn passio fe'i cipiwyd i fyny i'r awyr gan y Gwr Drwg,

ond gallodd ddyweyd rhiw air wrth y D---, gollyngodd ef i lawr nes ydoedd

yn disgyn yn farw mewn llyn a elwir Llyn Hari.

Which in English is as follows:--

When going home from playing cards, on Maesgwyn Bridge Robert Llwyd Hari

saw a hoop of fire; he was half inclined to turn back, but took heart,

remembering that he had a Bible in his pocket. So on he went, and when

passing the fire he was snatched up into the air by the Bad Man, but he

was able to utter a certain word to the D---, he was dropped down, and

fell dead into a lake called Harry's Lake.

Many tales, varying slightly from the preceding three stories, are still

extant in Wales, but these given are so typical of all the rest that it

is unnecessary to record more.

It may be remarked that card playing was looked upon in the last

century--and the feeling has not by any means disappeared in our days--as

a deadly sin, and consequently a work pleasing to the Evil One, but it

appears singular that the aid of Satan himself should have been invoked

to put down a practice calculated to further his own interests. The

incongruity of such a proceeding did not apparently enter into the minds

of those who gave currency to these unequal contests. But in the tales

we detect the existence of a tradition that Satan formerly joined in the

pastimes of the people, and, if for card playing some other game were

substituted, such as dancing, we should have a reproduction of those

fabulous times, when satyrs and demigods and other prototypes of Satan

are said to have been upon familiar terms with mortals, and joined in

their sports.

The reader will have noticed that the poor man who lost his life in the

Lake thought himself safe because he had a Bible in his pocket. This

shows that the Bible was looked upon as a talisman. But in this instance

its efficacy was only partial. I shall have more to say on this subject

in another part of this work.

Satan in the preceding tales, and others, which shall by and by be

related, is represented as transforming himself into a ball, or wheel of

fire--into fire, the emblem of an old religion, a religion which has its

votaries in certain parts of the world even in this century, and which,

at one period in the history of the human race, was widespread. It is

very suggestive that Satan should be spoken of as assuming the form of

the Fire God, when his personality is detected, and the hint, conveyed by

this transformation, would imply that he was himself the Fire God.

Having made these few comments on the preceding tales, I will now record

a few stories in which Satan is made to take a role similar to that

ascribed to him in the card-playing stories.

In the following tales Satan's aid is invoked to bring about a

reformation in the observance of the Sabbath day.

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