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About the Song
Peter Mayer wrote this as a new setting to the Welsh hymn "Hyfrydol".
About the tune:
Hyfrydol (Welsh pronunciation: [həvˈrədɔl], meaning "cheerful") is a Welsh hymn tune that appears in a number of Christian hymnals in various arrangements. Composed by Rowland Huw Prichard, it was originally published in the composer's handbook to the children's songbook Cyfaill y Cantorion ("The Singers' Friend") in 1844. Prichard composed the tune in 1830 before he was twenty years old.The best-known arrangement is probably that by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which he originally produced for his revision of the English Hymnal . Vaughan Williams also composed some variations on this theme and it plays an important role as the third of his Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes (1955) for brass band.
Hyfrydol has been used as a setting for William Chatterton Dix's hymn "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!", Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" and "Come Thou, Long Expected Jesus" , Francis Harold Rowley's "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story" (1886), John Wilbur Champan's "Our Great Savior" ("Jesus, what a friend for sinners") (1910) and Phillip Bliss' "I Will Sing of My Redeemer" (1876), the 1948 Mormon hymn "In Humility, Our Savior", included in LDS hymnals in multiple languages, as well as many other hymns from a variety of church traditions.