Cydganwn foliant rhwydd

Author: William Rees

REES, WILLIAM (Gwilym Hiraethog; 1802-1883), Independent minister, writer editor, and political leader; born at Chwibren-isaf, a farm nestling at the foot of Mynydd Hiraethog, in the parish of Llansannan, Denbs., 8 Nov. 1802 , the second son of Dafydd and Ann Rees — his elder brother being Henry Rees (q.v.). His paternal grandfather was a native of Llandeilo who came as an exciseman from Wenvoe, Glam., to Llansannan, where he married Gwen Llwyd, a descendant of Hedd Molwynog, who had inherited Chwibren-isaf. The only education William Rees ever had was at the village school during the winter months, and he began to work on the farm and as a shepherd at an early age. However, he proceeded to educate himself, and under the direction of Robe… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Cydganwn foliant rhwydd
Author: William Rees
Language: Welsh

Tune

MARION (Messiter)

Arthur H. Messiter (b. Frome, Somersetshire, England, 1834; d. New York, NY, 1916) composed MARION for this text in 1883 and named it after his wife. The tune was published in the Hymnal with Music as Used in Trinity Church (1893), a hymnal compiled by Messiter during his long term of service as org…

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