Edmund Prys

Short Name: Edmund Prys
Full Name: Prys, Edmund, 1544-1623
Birth Year: 1544
Death Year: 1623

Prys, Edmund, Prys or Price, a learned Welsh divine and eminent poet, was born about 1541 in the parish of Llandecwyn, Merionethshire, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took his degree of M.A. He was appointed Archdeacon of Merioneth in 1576, and Canon of St. Asaph in 1602. He was one of the best Welsh poets of his time, and a great many of his compositions are preserved, mostly in manuscript. He is the author of the Welsh metrical version of the Psalms, which is still in use. He assisted Dr. Morgan, Bishop of St. Asaph, to translate the Bible into Welsh. The latest of his compositions, preserved, is a copy of elegant Latin verses in commendation of Dr. John Davies's Welsh Grammar. He was then 80 years of age. This Latin copy bears the date of 1621. He died in 1624, and was buried at Maentwrog Church. [Rev. W. Glanffrwd Thomas]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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