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Irrjjtfnlngia Ciunkera. NEW SERIES, No. VIII.—OCTOBER, 1851. THti POEMS OF TALIESIN. No. III. My last paper so far exceeded the length which I deemed reasonable for a commentary on a single poem, that several topics were left untouched. These, I will briefly discuss before entering upon the consideration of another poem. First then of Aerven, the scene of some of Urien's exploits. In a note I threw out a suggestion that it might have been Aeron, or Arvon; but the probability is in favour of its being an old name for the river Dee. That Aerven is the name of a river, appears quite clear from the description given in the poem : — " Deutu Aerven Diffwys dilen Dydau lwyd." " On the two sides of Aerven, Of uncovered precipices, He placed success." I do not know the history of the event here recorded, nor whether the Dee in any part of its course flows between rocky precipices; but, in Richards' Dictionary, Aerven is positively identified with that river:— " Aerfen, Dyfrdwy, s. f. the river Dee. Aerfen bengrech felen fawr." ARCH. CAMB., NEW SERIES, VOL. II. 2 L