CWM RHONDDA

Composer: John Hughes

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Tune Information

Composer: John Hughes (1907)
Place of Origin: Wales
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.7
Incipit: 56511 71232 31643
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are mighty;
hold me with your powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore,
feed me now and evermore.

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God of Grace and God of Glory

Notes

The popularity of Williams's text ("Guide me, O thou great Jehovah") is undoubtedly aided by its association with CWM RHONDDA, composed in 1905 by John Hughes (b. Dowlais, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1873; d. Llantwit Fardre, Wales, 1932) during a church service for a Baptist Cymanfa Ganu (song festival) in Capel Rhondda, Pontypridd, Wales. Hughes received little formal education; at age twelve he was already working as a doorboy at a local mining company in Llantwit Fardre. He eventually became an official in the traffic department of the Great Western Railway. Much of his energy was devoted to the Salem Baptist Church in Pontypridd, where he served as both deacon and precentor. Hughes composed two anthems, a number of Sunday school marches, and a few hymn tunes, of which CWM RHONDDA is universally known.

At first widely disseminated in leaflet form, CWM RHONDDA gradually was adopted into various hymnals. The tune is named after the valley of the Rhondda River, a coal mining area in Wales. Though composed with simple melodic means, CWM RHONDDA is a vigorous melody in major tonality (contrary to the popular belief that most Welsh tunes are minor). Sing in harmony. The altos and basses may wish to sing the little notes on the last line as they repeat the words "evermore," "strength and shield," and "sing to you." Accompany in a forceful, confident manner.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #56
Text: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #202
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1083
Text: Come, Ye Saints, Look Here and Wonder
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1925
Text: God of Grace and God of Glory
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2070
Text: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4077
Text: Let Us Rise in Early Morning
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #543
Text: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer
The United Methodist Hymnal #127
Text: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #413
Text: When Our Confidence Is Shaken
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #501
Text: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Worship and Rejoice #569
Text: God of Grace and God of Glory

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African American Heritage Hymnal #138TextPage Scan
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Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #275
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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #82Text
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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #33TextPage Scan
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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #237
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #523Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #113
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #167TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #565
Common Praise (1998) #577
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #455Page Scan
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Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #81Page Scan
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Hymns to the Living God #264Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #43TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
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Moravian Book of Worship #751Page Scan
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New Hymns of Hope #86Text
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The New Century Hymnal #436
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The New National Baptist Hymnal #107
The United Methodist Hymnal #127TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #428TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
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The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #76Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #77
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Total Praise: Songs and other worship resources for every generation #133
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Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #158TextAudio
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