This hymn, Cwm Rhondda, has become something like an unofficial Welsh national anthem. I’m not Welsh, but it was very much with me last night: so I felt I had to post it in the morning. We also know it as Bread of Heaven or Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. I am sure most churches have it in their hymnals.
Sung here by the Orpheus Choir Morriston.
This glorious Welsh hymn, Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, is loved all over the world. Cwm Rhondda is its name in Welsh; and we also know it as Bread of Heaven.
The pictures suggest, to me, how deeply planted in Britain in the Christian faith. It may yet yield another harvest.
There’s nothing better for a hymn than a Welsh men’s choir. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, also known as Cwm Rhondda, is sort of an unofficial Welsh national anthem. Sung here by the Morriston Orpheus Choir, in English and in Welsh.
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.
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.
You can’t beat a Welsh choir for singing hymns; and you’ll soon understand why they call Sir Harry Secombe “the Welsh Pavarotti.” Here he is with the Treorchy Male Choir, and the hymn is the traditional Cwm Rhondda–which we also know (among other titles) as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.
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!
After bumming myself out on the nooze, and on comments by persons whose worldly wisdom moves them to surrender to the wicked and ungodly–and a thunder and hail storm, on top of it–this hymn marched into my mind and wouldn’t let up: and I had to have it.
Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah (Cwm Rhondda in Welsh), sung by choir and congregation at the Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church–sing it loud, sing it loud!
For God is nigh.
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.
I thank God the Father for hearing your prayers for me yesterday: today, so far, so good. No bleeding.
This traditional Welsh hymn, Bread of Heaven (also known as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah), pretty well expresses how I feel this morning. Sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir–“praises I will give to thee!”