William Williams, called the "Watts of Wales," was born in 1717, at Cefn-y-coed, near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. He originally studied medicine, but abandoned it for theology. He was ordained Deacon in the Church of England, but was refused Priest's Orders, and subsequently attached himself to the Calvinistic Methodists. For half a century he travelled in Wales, preaching the Gospel. He died in 1791. Williams composed his hymns chiefly in the Welsh language; they are still largely used by various religious bodies in the principality. Many of his hymns have appeared in English, and have been collected and published by Sedgwick. His two principal poetical works are "Hosannah to the Son of David," and "Gloria in Excelsis."
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Author (stanza 1): Morgan Rhys
Rhys, Morgan, a famous Welsh hymnwriter of the last century. He published several collections of hymns under quaint titles. Golwg o ben Nebo ar wlad yr Addewid (A View of the land of promise from the top of Mr. Nebo). Frwyd Ysbrydal (The Spiritual Warfare). Graddfanan y Credadyn, &c. (The Groanings of the Believer). He died in 1776, and was buried at Llanfynydd Church, in Caermarthenshire. [Rev. W. Glenffrwd Thomas]
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