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Stephen Kent Ehat
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I am wondering about the phrase "morning friend" that sometimes appears at the end  (even in the middle) of some Welsh obituaries. I get the impression it is a shortened version of a greeting or expression of endearment (spoken in a manner much like acqaintances would remark to one another as they pass on the sidewalk and tip their hat, saying, "morning friend," as if to be offering a shortened version of "good morning friend" but which, as it seems to me, instead, offering the following sentiment: "We'll see you in the morning of the resurrection," perhaps a phrase common among adherents of the Calvinist Methodist church (a most common faith of the Welsh).

For example, the obituary of Thomas Rees, who died in New Cambria, Missouri in September of 1889 (an adherent of the Calvinist Methodist church), contains within its text the phrase "a chanddo luaws o gyfeillion cynes boreu ces iddo yno" (which I translate to state, "to a multitude of friends he was a morning friend there"). At the end of his obituary is the exclamation, "Cyraill Boreu Oes" (which I translate to state, "Morning Friend. Yes!").

Perhaps saying "morning friend" (and "early morning friend") is a Welsh way of conveying endearment spoken at the time of a person's passing.

Other examples I have found can be seen here:

See, e.g., the 7 Aug 2012 closing line by Jenni Phillips at:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/posts/tributes-to-james-mclaren

 

And see the closing line by Joanie at:

 

http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/formomsonly/discussions/messages/12654014/page-2

 

And see this book's reference to an obit:

 

https://archive.org/stream/annualmonitororo1901alex#page/182/mode/2up/search/morning

 

And this song:

 

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/o/n/r/onresmor.htm

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/mid/o/n/t/on_the_resurrection_morning.mid

 

Any thoughts and examples or statements of personal experience?

Steve

April 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Welshgen
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Oldest reference I know of is in James 2:16-26

"Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!"

Not exactly a term of endearment but more like a greeting two people of the same religion would say to one another.

I wonder if morning refers to the slightly different spelling "mourning" meaning someone who is grieving the loss of family member or friend and it's been altered over the years. This would explain its use on headstones.

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April 15, 2014 at 6:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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