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!
Let’s start the day with a Charles Wesley hymn and pray for the best–Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, sung by the Joslin Grove Choral Society.
This is the hymn that came to me while I was riding my bike this morning–the classic Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol. It has as many different sets of lyrics as there are denominations who have put it in their hymnals. Here we have it as Love Divine All Loves Excelling, sung by the Melbourne (Australia) Welsh Male Voice Choir. And it sounds like they brought in a women’s choir to sing with them, but I can’t be sure of that.
You may want to bump up the volume on this one!
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling…” by Charles Wesley, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band–hey, really listen to the lyrics. You’ll be glad you did.
Our esteemed colleague Dave, aka “thewhiterabbit,” heard this at church on Sunday, inspiring me to choose it for today’s hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, by Charles Wesley, sung to the Welsh melody, “Hyfrydol.” Here it’s sung as the processional hymn at St. John’s in Detroit. Beautiful. We hear it through a crack in heaven’s door.
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, by Charles Wesley: an 18th-century hymn with a solid Biblical message. Just listen to the lyrics (“Finish, then, thy new creation…”). Beautifully and soothingly performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
Running a bit late here, on this cold and rainy day. But here’s something to warm us up: Charles Wesley’s Love Divine All Loves Excelling, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
Several sets of English lyrics have been written for Hyfridol, depending on which denomination’s hymnal you’re using.
These lyrics, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, are by Charles Wesley. There are Catholic lyrics, too: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus.
I don’t speak a word of Welsh, but I like this melody best with its Welsh lyrics. I let the music, and the tone of the choir, speak to me.