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The longing and the legacy: liturgy and life in the hymns of William Williams of Pantycelyn

James, E. Wyn 2019. The longing and the legacy: liturgy and life in the hymns of William Williams of Pantycelyn. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary 55 , pp. 61-70.

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Abstract

‘The four hundred or so hymns produced [by William Williams of Pantycelyn in the decade between 1762 and 1772, when he was at the height of his powers] have a significance in modern Welsh literature second only to the translation of the Bible.’ Thus said the late Dr Kathryn Jenkins, a former President of the Welsh Hymn Society and a former Executive Committee member of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, who died suddenly and far too prematurely in 2009 aged 47. That is quite a claim given the commanding role the Welsh translation of the Bible played in Welsh cultural life during the centuries between the end of the reign of Elizabeth I and the beginning of that of Elizabeth II; but it is a claim which I believe is wholly justified and one which I hope to convince you of its veracity before the end of this lecture.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
ISSN: 0142-1867
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 30 September 2019
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 13:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132372

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