Here’s to you, John Roberts, a Cymro born but bred at sea,
who, caught in gold-lust followed old world tales and fantasies.
Sweet music swirled around him as he swayed under the sun,
bathed in silk and Spanish gems, 500 ships he won.
“A merrier life and a short one” hid the hiraeth at his core
as the unforgiving waves took his poor soul to that heavenly shore.
Some say pirates were too savage but these were savage times, you see…
So here’s to you John Roberts, forever known as
Barti Ddu.