|St Levan Church (Llanlavan is probably Saint Levan - My poor knowledge of Cwmraeg (Welsh) would suggest so anyway, Llan in Welsh being roughly equivalent to a parish area) - image © Copyright Tim Heaton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.|
6 Give them to me, said Ivan. No, I will not, replied his master, I will explain it to thee. Keep you them, said Ivan. Then, said his master," Take care not to leave the old road, for the sake of a new road."
7 Then they agreed for another year for the same wages : and when the end of the year was come (the same conversation takes place as in Nos. 5 and 6, till the master delivers his second aphorism, which " is), Take care not to lodge where a young woman is married to an old man."
9 10 (The same conversation, &c. takes place for the third year, and the master delivers his third aphorism), " Suffer thyself to be struck twice before thou strikest once, for that is the most prudent quality of all."
11 Then Ivan would not serve any longer, but he would go home to his wife. Not to-day, replied his master ; my wife bakes to-morrow, and she shall make thee a cake to take home to thy wife.
12 And they put the nine pounds in the cake. And when Ivan was about to take his leave, Here, said his master, is a cake for thee to take home to thy wife; and when thou and thy wife are most joyous together, then break the cake and not sooner..." [cont...]
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 1818