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Mis Mawrth ~ March 2017

March means all things welsh…….

Like many of you I will be consuming cawl on St David's Day. Then it's 'cawl twymo' from March 2nd onwards and probably for the remainder of the week…..! For me it has to be beef rather than lamb - no peas, no cabbage – just earthy root vegetables, leeks, parsley and a big lump of cheese.

Happy are they whose cawl last many days!

Here's this month's gallery of pictures for you. Gan fy mhod yn siarad am bobeth ond y dillad, a'r siop, a'r fasiynnau diweddaraf, 'dda bod cwpwl bach o luniau 'da fi i ddangos chi, …

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During February there has been a bit of a William Williams Pantycelyn fest going on throughout Wales. It is 300 years since the birth of this great hymn writer in 1717, on a farm outside of Llandovery. It is he who penned the most recognised and probably the most popular welsh hymn in the english language - 'Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land'. A hymn of enduring faith. A hymn which has become inextricably linked with welsh rugby. A hymn sung for courage and belief.

His was an interesting life, born on a farm he was educated with a view to becoming a doctor, however having heard Howel Harris preaching in Talgarth churchyard, he changed direction and went into the Established Church. Ordained a deacon in 1740, he was a curate for some years but the bishop refused to ordain him a priest, due to some trouble at the bishop's court. He then put his energy into the Methodist Movement and became one of its chief leaders in Wales, alongside the aforementioned Harris and Daniel Rowland. He travelled the land preaching, supervising 'societies' and sold tea. William Williams Pantycelyn's literary output was great. He published several volumes containing hundreds of hymns, he also wrote poetry and prose. Between 1744 and his death in 1791 his name appears on nearly ninety books and booklets.

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William Williams Pantycelyn

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more,
feed me till I want no more.

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