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509. Rachie (I bob un sydd ffyddlon) (C Roberts / H Lloyd)

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Published on Jul 9, 2008

I've found one more video (that somehow got stuck on my wife's camera) from the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir's end of season party at Helena May. Definitely the last one.

This tune, very popular with Welsh choirs, was written by Caradog Roberts (1878 - 1935), who was from the village of Rhosllanerchrugog in Denbighshire, Wales. He began a career as a carpenter, but soon realised that he was a talented musician. He graduated from Oxford University in 1905, becoming the youngest person ever to become a doctor of music. Rachie (Rachel) was his daughter.

The lyrics are by Henry Lloyd (1870 - 1946), better known by his bardic name of "Ap Hefin".

Lyrics:

...I bob un sydd ffyddlon
...Dan ei faner Ef,
...Mae gan Iesu goron
...Fry yn Nheyrnas Nef

Lluoedd Duw a Satan,
Sydd yn cwrdd yn awr.
Mae gan blant eu cyfran
Yn y rhyfel mawr.

(Chorus)

Awn i gwrdd y gelyn,
Bawb ag arfau glân;
Uffern sydd i'n herbyn
A'i phicellau tân.

Gwasgwn yn y rhengau,
Ac edrychwn fry;
Concrwr byd ac angau
Acw sydd o'n tu!

(Chorus)

Haleliwia, Haleliwia
Moliant iddo byth amen
Haleliwia, Haleliwia
Moliant iddo byth amen

English translation:

To everyone who is faithful
Under his banner,
Jesus has a crown
Up in the kingdom of Heaven.
The forces of God and Satan
Are now meeting:
The children have their contribution
In the great war.

To everyone who is faithful
Under his banner,
Jesus has a crown
Up in the kingdom of Heaven.

We'll go meet the enemy
Everyone with holy weapons;
Hell is against us
With it's pikes of fire.

We'll squeeze into the ranks
And we'll look up;
The conqueror of the world and death
Is all around us

Here it is, conducted by our musical director, Bryan Carter.

For lyrics and chords of all my songs, please see my website:
http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com

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