Saint David, or Dewi Sant, as he is known in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. During his life, he was the archbishop of Wales, and he was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of western Britain.
is claimed that Dewi lived for over 100 years, and it is generally
accepted that he died in 589. His last words to his followers were in a
sermon on the previous Sunday. Rhigyfarch transcribes these as 'Be
joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that
you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our
fathers have trod before us.' 'Do the little things' ('Gwnewch y pethau
bychain') is today a very well-known phrase in Welsh, and has proved an
inspiration to many.