“Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means,
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.”
by Dylan Thomas
Cwmdonkin Park was very important to Dylan Thomas when he was growing up in Swansea. This is how he remembers this place in his poem ‘Should lanterns shine’ and this park is perhaps one of the most important place in his childhood where he dwells at length on the importance of it and it plays a profound significance in his early life.
Cwmdonkin Park is where Dylan Thomas was born and where he grew up.