Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, Wales


“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. 


And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns 

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, 

And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves 

Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and 


And the sabbath rang slowly 

In the pebbles of the holy streams.”

Fern Hill 

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. 


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