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...
-..was born at Cefn-coed farm
-across the hills behind me.
-Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.
-# Soli Deo gloria
-# Soli Deo gloria
-# Soli Deo gloria #
-During the programme,
-we'll remember William Williams.
-are in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn church.
-We'll meet an expert on Williams
-and his work, Professor Wyn James.
-Before we meet Wyn,
-let's sing our first hymn.
-Phillip Watkins is the conductor
-and Elaine Robbins is the organist.
-We begin with
-O Llefara Addfwyn Iesu.
-I've already mentioned
-that Williams was born in Cefn-coed.
-However, he is mostly associated
-with this farm, Pantycelyn.
-He spent most of his life here.
-He moved here with his mother...
-..after his father died
-when he was 25 years old.
-He lived here,
-with his mother first...
-..and then his wife, and raised
-a family, eight children in total.
-He lived and died in Pantycelyn.
-Williams was sent to
-Llwynllwyd Institute of Education...
-..a school near Talgarth.
-when he was 20 years old...
-..Williams was passing
-the graveyard of Talgarth church...
-..and Howell Harris
-was preaching in the graveyard.
-Harris had recently experienced
-a conversion to Methodism.
-Williams once famously wrote
-in one of his hymns...
-.."This is the morning
-I'll never forget."
-He was captivated
-by the words of Howell Harris.
-It was a major turning point
-in Williams' life.
-He went to the academy with
-the intention of becoming a doctor.
-Because of the
-after listening to Harris...
-..he decided to become
-a shepherd of souls.
-used to go across Wales to preach.
-Oh, yes, he mentions his journey
-along mountains and slopes.
-He was an experienced walker
-across darkened, misty hills...
-..the length and breadth of Wales.
-He said himself,
-towards the end of his life...
-..he wrote a letter to Thomas
-Charles ten days before he died...
-..saying he could only walk
-around 40ft across the room...
-..after a lifetime of 50 years...
-..travelling over 3,000 miles
-Next, a performance.
-Here are Y Tri Bariton to
-perform Pererin Wyf Mewn Anial Dir.
-# A pilgrim am I in a desert land
-# Wandering hither and yon
-# And in a kind of hope every hour
-# That my Father's house is at hand
-# And I shall most likely hear
-# Some heavenly sound before me
-# Having overcome and gone through
-# Tempests of water and fire
-# Come, Holy Spirit, widen the way
-# Be to me cloud and fire
-# I will not walk correctly
-half a step
-# Except thou be before me
-# I veer at times to the right
-# And to the left hand too
-# Therefore lead me, step by step
-# To the paradise yonder
-# I have a longing for the land
-# Where multitudes without number
-# Are singing the anthem
-the days of their age
-# About the death of Calvary
-# About the death of Calvary #
-William Williams is remembered
-as a hymn-writer.
-He is considered the father
-of the Welsh congregational hymn.
-Very little hymn singing took place
-before the Methodist Revival.
-With the Revival, people
-experienced religious conversion...
-..and new and different
-They began to rejoice
-in this salvation...
-..and wanted to express
-their feelings in song.
-The Methodist leaders
-started to form hymns...
-..to express these experiences.
-They didn't have
-the literary ability to do so...
-..but they transferred experiences,
-beliefs and desires into song.
-Methodist fellowship meetings
-started with singing.
-Hymns were required
-for these meetings.
-Many tried their hand
-at writing hymns.
-Howell Harris and Daniel Rowland
-wrote hymns, along with others...
-..but soon, Williams Pantycelyn
-came to the fore...
-..as the one with the talent.
-Howell Harris once said,
-"The hymn is Will's."
-From then on,
-he became a prolific hymn-writer.
-He started writing hymns
-in his 20s...
-..and continued to write
-until his death.
-We're standing next to Williams'
-grave, in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn.
-It must have been some funeral.
-It was a significant funeral.
-Williams Pantycelyn was such
-an influential character...
-..in the Methodist movement.
-Thousands experienced a religious
-conversion because of his influence.
-He was one of the last of the
-first group of Methodist leaders...
-..to pass away and was buried
-How would you sum up the life,
-the work and legacy of Pantycelyn?
-It's almost impossible to do so
-in a matter of a few sentences.
-When you think of all the Welsh
-people who've sung his hymns...
-..I would argue
-that he had the most influence...
-..on the outlook and mind-set
-of the Welsh nation.
-We have many popular poets,
-hymn-writers and singers...
-..but everywhere in Wales,
-..words by Williams Pantycelyn
-His emphasis on the individual and
-the importance of the individual...
-..in the long term, promoted the
-radicalism that typified Wales...
-..from the end
-of the eighteenth century onwards.
-He was very influential
-in numerous ways.
-Wyn James, which hymn
-have you chosen as our final hymn?
-Mi Dafla' 'Maich Oddi Ar Fy Ngwar.
-It's one of Pantycelyn's
-It encompasses everything.
-It begins with him suffering
-under the weight of sin.
-As he did many times...
-..Pantycelyn introduces the Cross
-in the middle verse.
-At the end,
-he's in Heaven with Jesus...
-..surveying the surrounding beauty.
-It encompasses everything
-about Pantycelyn's hymns.
-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.
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.