Posted by: rbbadger | December 14, 2009

Cwm Rhondda

Wales has long been noted for its fine singers.  One of the most beloved of all Welsh tunes is Cwm Rhondda, known to English-speaking Christians as the hymn “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”.  In fact, so beloved is this melody, it is often sung at rugby and football (soccer) matches where Welsh teams participate.  This video features a massed Welsh choir of sorts.  If you care to sing along, here are the lyrics. 

Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch,
Fi, bererin gwael ei wedd,
Nad oes ynof nerth na bywyd
Fel yn gorwedd yn y bedd:
Hollalluog, Hollalluog,
Ydyw’r Un a’m cwyd i’r lan.
Ydyw’r Un a’m cwyd i’r lan

Agor y ffynhonnau melus
‘N tarddu i maes o’r Graig y sydd;
Colofn dân rho’r nos i’m harwain,
A rho golofn niwl y dydd;
Rho i mi fanna, Rho i mi fanna,
Fel na bwyf yn llwfwrhau.
Fel na bwyf yn llwfwrhau.

Pan yn troedio glan Iorddonen,
Par i’m hofnau suddo i gyd;
Dwg fi drwy y tonnau geirwon
Draw i Ganaan — gartref clyd:
Mawl diderfyn. Mawl diderfyn
Fydd i’th enw byth am hyn.
Fydd i’th enw byth am hyn.

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