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Rhaglen o Lanymddyfri yn nodi 300 mlynedd ers geni un o brif emynwyr Cymru, William Williams Pantycelyn. Marking 300 years since the birth of hymn writer, William Williams Panty...


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-300 years ago, William Williams,

-one of our greatest hymn-writers...

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-..was born at Cefn-coed farm

-across the hills behind me.

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-Welcome to

-Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria #

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-During the programme,

-we'll remember William Williams.

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-Our congregation

-are in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn church.

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-We'll meet an expert on Williams

-and his work, Professor Wyn James.

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-Before we meet Wyn,

-let's sing our first hymn.

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-Phillip Watkins is the conductor

-and Elaine Robbins is the organist.

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-We begin with

-O Llefara Addfwyn Iesu.

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-I've already mentioned

-that Williams was born in Cefn-coed.

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-However, he is mostly associated

-with this farm, Pantycelyn.

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-He spent most of his life here.

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-He moved here with his mother...

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-..after his father died

-when he was 25 years old.

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-He lived here,

-with his mother first...

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-..and then his wife, and raised

-a family, eight children in total.

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-He lived and died in Pantycelyn.

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-Williams was sent to

-Llwynllwyd Institute of Education...

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-..a school near Talgarth.

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-One morning,

-when he was 20 years old...

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-..Williams was passing

-the graveyard of Talgarth church...

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-..and Howell Harris

-was preaching in the graveyard.

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-Harris had recently experienced

-a conversion to Methodism.

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-Williams once famously wrote

-in one of his hymns...

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-.."This is the morning

-I'll never forget."

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-He was captivated

-by the words of Howell Harris.

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-It was a major turning point

-in Williams' life.

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-He went to the academy with

-the intention of becoming a doctor.

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-Because of the

-religious conversion...

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-..he experienced

-after listening to Harris...

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-..he decided to become

-a shepherd of souls.

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-William Williams

-used to go across Wales to preach.

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-Oh, yes, he mentions his journey

-along mountains and slopes.

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-He was an experienced walker

-across darkened, misty hills...

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-..the length and breadth of Wales.

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-He said himself,

-towards the end of his life...

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-..he wrote a letter to Thomas

-Charles ten days before he died...

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-..saying he could only walk

-around 40ft across the room...

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-..after a lifetime of 50 years...

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-..travelling over 3,000 miles

-on horseback.

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-Next, a performance.

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-Here are Y Tri Bariton to

-perform Pererin Wyf Mewn Anial Dir.

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-# A pilgrim am I in a desert land

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-# Wandering hither and yon

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-# And in a kind of hope every hour

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-# That my Father's house is at hand

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-# And I shall most likely hear

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-# Some heavenly sound before me

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-# Having overcome and gone through

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-# Tempests of water and fire

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-# Come, Holy Spirit, widen the way

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-# Be to me cloud and fire

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-# I will not walk correctly

-half a step

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-# Except thou be before me

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-# I veer at times to the right

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-# And to the left hand too

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-# Therefore lead me, step by step

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-# To the paradise yonder

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-# I have a longing for the land

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-# Where multitudes without number

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-# Are singing the anthem

-the days of their age

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-# About the death of Calvary

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-# About the death of Calvary #

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-William Williams is remembered

-as a hymn-writer.

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-He is considered the father

-of the Welsh congregational hymn.

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-Very little hymn singing took place

-before the Methodist Revival.

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-With the Revival, people

-experienced religious conversion...

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-..and new and different

-spiritual feelings.

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-They began to rejoice

-in this salvation...

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-..and wanted to express

-their feelings in song.

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-The Methodist leaders

-started to form hymns...

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-..to express these experiences.

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-They didn't have

-the literary ability to do so...

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-..but they transferred experiences,

-beliefs and desires into song.

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-Methodist fellowship meetings

-started with singing.

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-Hymns were required

-for these meetings.

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-Many tried their hand

-at writing hymns.

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-Howell Harris and Daniel Rowland

-wrote hymns, along with others...

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-..but soon, Williams Pantycelyn

-came to the fore...

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-..as the one with the talent.

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-Howell Harris once said,

-"The hymn is Will's."

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-From then on,

-he became a prolific hymn-writer.

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-He started writing hymns

-in his 20s...

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-..and continued to write

-until his death.

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-We're standing next to Williams'

-grave, in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn.

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-It must have been some funeral.

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-It was a significant funeral.

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-Williams Pantycelyn was such

-an influential character...

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-..in the Methodist movement.

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-Thousands experienced a religious

-conversion because of his influence.

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-He was one of the last of the

-first group of Methodist leaders...

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-..to pass away and was buried

-on Llanfair-ar-y-bryn.

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-How would you sum up the life,

-the work and legacy of Pantycelyn?

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-It's almost impossible to do so

-in a matter of a few sentences.

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-When you think of all the Welsh

-people who've sung his hymns...

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-..I would argue

-that he had the most influence...

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-..on the outlook and mind-set

-of the Welsh nation.

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-We have many popular poets,

-hymn-writers and singers...

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-..but everywhere in Wales,

-every week...

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-..words by Williams Pantycelyn

-are sung.

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-His emphasis on the individual and

-the importance of the individual...

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-..in the long term, promoted the

-radicalism that typified Wales...

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-..from the end

-of the eighteenth century onwards.

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-He was very influential

-in numerous ways.

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-Wyn James, which hymn

-have you chosen as our final hymn?

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-Mi Dafla' 'Maich Oddi Ar Fy Ngwar.

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-It's one of Pantycelyn's

-finest lyrics.

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-It encompasses everything.

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-It begins with him suffering

-under the weight of sin.

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-As he did many times...

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-..Pantycelyn introduces the Cross

-in the middle verse.

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-At the end,

-he's in Heaven with Jesus...

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-..surveying the surrounding beauty.

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-It encompasses everything

-about Pantycelyn's hymns.

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Rhaglen o Lanymddyfri yn nodi 300 mlynedd ers geni un o brif emynwyr Cymru, William Williams Pantycelyn. Marking 300 years since the birth of hymn writer, William Williams Pantycelyn.