Gwaith Dafydd Ap Gwilym NotesNotesGDG 78Dafydd ap Gwilym in this poem portrays himself as a thief who has stolen the affections of an unnamed lady. Like Morfudd she is of fair complexion (line 43) and is married to a jealous husband. The direct opening statement in the first couplet 'I am a thief of secret love' is followed by an extended metaphor in which Dafydd draws a parallel between birds which build their nests in secluded locations and love which has established itself in his heart. Just as the branches and their dense foliage hide the nest from intruders, so his ribs protects his secret love from meddlesome onlookers and from Eiddig the jealous husband in particular. Although the poet congratulates himself on his success-he and his beloved manage to communicate intimately in public through signs and signals-his joy is tempered by the realisation that this secret communication is all his loved one will allow.47. Beuno This saint is normally associated with Clynnog in Caernarfonshire, see LBS i, 208-21, but the churches of Aberffraw in Anglesey and Llanycil in Merionethshire were also dedicated to him. This might imply that the beloved hailed from one of these areas. On Morfudd's possible connection with Llanycil, see 155.45n. According to tradition Beuno raised seven persons from the dead. Is Dafydd suggesting that his unfulfilled love will result in his death and that he will have cause to seek Beuno's assistance in the near future?