By Request, ‘Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners’

Requested by SlimJim–and it turns out this is another appearance by our old friend, the Welsh melody, Hyfrydol. I don’t know how many different sets of hymn lyrics this melody supports, but it’s always a pleasure to listen.

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners… with background sets by God the Father.

Hymn: ‘Hyfrydol’

We’ll have a hymn now. It can’t hurt.

Please pray for us.

Hyfrydol (“Alleluiah, Sing to Jesus”), by the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge.

‘God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him’

To this day I don’t know how many lyrics have been written to the melody of the Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol. Here’s one I’d never heard before–God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him. Choir and congregation sing it with a will (although YouTube doesn’t give us the name of the church).


Every denomination, it seems has its own set of lyrics to go with this hymn. But here we have the original Hyfrydol, sung in Welsh by a Welsh choir. I can’t translate a word of it, but I don’t think I have to: the music speaks for itself.

Our All-Time Most Viewed Post: ‘Hyfrydol’ (with a short prayer)

Once upon a time, in February of 2019, I posted a Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol, sung by a Welsh choir; and 577 views came pouring in for that post alone. No other post has ever come close to matching it.

I think every denomination’s hymnal has its own set of lyrics to go with this melody. I don’t understand a word of the Welsh lyrics, but I don’t think you have to: the music speaks directly to one’s spirit.

Look, I’m trying not to do any nooze today, it’s Sunday, all the bad business will still be there tomorrow–and may the Lord God Almighty, holy and righteous and just, all-powerful, all-wise… fight for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’

The Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol, seems to have a different set of lyrics for every denomination’s hymnal. Here the choir at the First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, sings at as Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. Whatever the version, I’ve always loved it.

Fun fact: A posting of Hyfrydol (not this one) a year or two ago produced this blog’s all-time high single day’s viewership–over 300 views that day. I guess I’m not the only one who loves it!


I’ve got about 90 seconds to post this before I lose my internet connection again. So without further ado, a hymn for today, Hyfrydol–high-church style.

By Request, ‘Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!’

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!

By Request, ‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’

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!

‘Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus’

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.