‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (Fountainview)

A new video from Fountainview Academy–Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah: a Welsh hymn sung by North American students on a Hawaiian beach.

There’s a chance this hymn will stay with me throughout the day. I rather hope it does.

‘Bread of Heaven’

There’s nothing better than a Welsh hymn, sung by a Welsh choir. This is Bread of Heaven, which we also know as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. Its Welsh name is Cwm Rhondda. Sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

I must be in a mood for Welsh hymns; and I couldn’t resist the video of the journey–a country road in the Hudson River valley.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, sung at the 2012 Synod of the United Reformed Church: its Welsh name is Cwm Rhondda.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

I was stuck for a hymn–I think I’ve been repeating the same few hymns too often–but there was no way to go wrong with this one: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Cwm Rhondda in Welsh), sung by a Welsh choir, the Morriston Orpheus Choir. There are some Welsh lyrics toward the end, in case you want to sing along.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (‘Cwm Rhondda’)

How that title, Cwm Rhondda, used to mystify me! Now I know it’s Welsh for “Rhondda Valley,” where I presume the melody originally came from. The actual title is Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. This is the Morriston Orpheus Choir; and if they break into Welsh down the stretch–well, that’s enthusiasm.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

This traditional Welsh melody, “Cwm Rhondda,” has found its way into many hymns world-wide. Here it powers Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, sung to beat the band at the Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church.

‘Cwm Rhondda/ Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

This is the hymn that surged to the front of the line this morning: in Welsh, Cwm Rhondda; in English, Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah; in any language, glorious. “Bread of Heaven, feed me now and evermore.”

No one out-sings a Welsh choir. This is the Morriston Orpheus Choir, singing both in Welsh and English. Turn it up!

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

I love this hymn! I just learned today that it was written by William Williams, nicknamed “the Welsh Charles Wesley.” Not hard to see the resemblance.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah–courtesy of the Hymn Club.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (Encore)

The author of this hymn, William Willams, has been called “the Welsh Charles Wesley”–and we have it for you in Welsh as well as English. You may know it from your hymnals as Cwm Rhondda. I mean those old hymnals that were actually bound and printed.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

This hymn was in my head a lot last night–Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Welsh melody, Cwm Rhondda). This rendition is by the Morriston Orpheus Choir.