Hymn request from Joshua: Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners! It’s the Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol, with yet another set of lyrics, this one acquired in 1910. I wish I knew who this was, singing it, so I could say thank you. But we can still thank God the Father for his background sets. How beautiful are the works of your hands, O Lord!
This Welsh melody, “Hyfrydol,” is one of my very favorites, with several different sets of lyrics to go with it. Requested by Joshua, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus; performed by Maranatha!
I don’t know how many different sets of lyrics there are for “Hyfrydol.” It seems each denomination has its own. Here we have it as Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, by Charles Wesley: sung by Fernando Ortega.
Requested by Laura: words by Charles Wesley, sung by Fernando Ortega, to the glorious Welsh melody we also know as “Hyfrydol”–Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. Honestly, does it get any better than that!
You don’t have to be Welsh to love this hymn. The melody’s always the same, but every denomination’s hymnal has a different set of lyrics.
Hyfrydol–here performed, Welsh, by Bryn Terfel.
I love this hymn, and though I don’t speak Welsh, Hyfrydol speaks to me.
Performed by the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir at St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong.
How often do you get to go to Hong Kong to hear a hymn from Wales?
A Welsh men’s choir, Bryn Terfel, sings Hyfrydol–in Welsh, so don’t ask me for the lyrics. It’s one of my very favorite hymns, and it uplifts me even though I don’t understand the words. The name of the melody, “Hyfrydol,” means “Delightful.” I think there’s a set of lyrics for every denomination, but the melody remains the same: delightful.
Looking for a hymn to post, I came upon Our Great Savior. Ah, a new one–haven’t heard it before. Only it turns out that I have. Often! I’m beginning to think each and every denomination has its own set of lyrics for the Welsh melody, Hyfrydol. And each and every one of them makes a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Sung by the choir and congregation at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee.