BLAENWERN

BLAENWERN

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Published in 33 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, Sibelius
Audio files: MIDI

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands

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Tune Information

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 55665 13321 76556
Key: F Major

Texts

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

For Your Gift of God the Spirit

For your gift of God the Spirit,
power to make our lives anew,
pledge of life and hope of glory,
Savior, we would worship you.
Crowning gift of resurrection
sent from your ascended throne,
fullness of the very Godhead,
come to make your life our own.

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Notes

Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (b. Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1860; d. Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1937) during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905, BLAENWERN was published in Henry H. Jones's Cân a Moliant (1915). The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire where Rowlands convalesced in his youth.

A church musician of many talents, Rowlands was a teacher in several schools. He composed hymn tunes and anthems and was conductor of the famous Morriston United Choral Society of southern Wales and precentor of the Tabernacle Congregational Church in Morriston. BLAENWERN gained its current popularity through Billy Graham crusades when it was sung to "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (579).

Play this majestic music with two broad beats per measure. Especially when sung with its fine harmonization, BLAENWERN gradually builds to a powerful climax at the end of phrase 3 and the beginning of phrase 4. Assign some stanzas for antiphonal singing in harmony, but have the entire group sing stanza 5 in unison, perhaps with a slightly slower tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

Instances (27)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Chalice Hymnal #690Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #468Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #702Text
Common Praise (1998) #447Text
Common Praise (1998) #486
Common Praise (1998) #601
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #647Image
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #217a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #373a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #570
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #519ImageFlexscore
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #132TextImageAudioScore
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #416TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #115Text
Sing! A New Creation #58TextImageAudio
Singing the New Testament #232Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #41
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #279
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #715
The Worshiping Church #285TextImage
The Worshiping Church #325TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #339TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #389Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #514Text
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #75b
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #75a
Worship and Rejoice #671TextImageAudio



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