Notes, types and motifs
Notes for the story 'Hearing a Hymn Sung at Three o' Clock in the Morning'
- Mary Thomas (1905-83)
- Tape: MWL 6451. Recorded 4.v.1979.
Mary Thomas heard this story 'many times' from Rhys Morgan, at her home in Cwm Gwyddyl, when she was a child. Rhys Morgan lived on a smallholding called Glan Pond in the Ffair-rhos area, on the way to Teifi Pools. He kept 'three cows and a couple of sheep' and 'worked in the lead-mine'. He was a young man when he heard the hymn being sung. He died 'when he was over seventy, I should think,' around 'fifteen years, maybe' previous to the date of the recording. He was a likeable character, and Mary Thomas said of him: 'He was a man who knew a great deal about the Bible. He was my Sunday-school teacher [at Ffair-rhos].'
Mary Thomas retold Rhys Morgan's experience with conviction and sincerity, in a gleeful style. Although she and her husband, William Thomas, believed in all conscience that Rhys Morgan's experience was true, they both enjoyed presenting this story (and a number of other, similar stories) so much that at times they couldn't refrain from laughing, especially at the end of the story, in response to a comment from the interviewer or a hint of surprise in his expression.
|ML 4002 (W)||Supernatural manifestations.|
|ML 4040 (W)||Premonitions of death.|
|ML 4040 (W) (h)||The sound of angelic music heard.|
|D 1827.1||Magic hearing of voices portending death.|
|D 1827.1.2||Sounds heard before death. The sounds are later repeated in connection with death or funeral.|
|D 1827.1.4||Sounds heard from distance at time of death.|
|F 966||Voices from heaven or from the air.|