Wele'r hafan, wele'r ardal

Author (stanza 1): William Williams

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." --Annotati… Go to person page >

Author (stanza 2): James Hughes, Llundain

James Hughes (Iago Trichrug), Llundain, 1779-1844. Information from Welsh Biography Online from The National Library of Wales, and Swansea University Library Catalog. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Wele'r hafan, wele'r ardal
Author (stanza 1): William Williams
Author (stanza 2): James Hughes, Llundain
Language: Welsh

Tune

WERDE MUNTER

JESU JOY is a form of the tune WERDE MUNTER, MEIN GEMUETE by Johann Schop (b. Hamburg [?], Germany, c. 1595; d. Hamburg, 1667). In 1614 Schop was appointed court musician in the Hofkapelle at Wolfenb├╝ttel. A virtuoso violinist, he also played the lute, cornetto, and trombone. He became a musician f…

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