Calon Lân

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Calon Lân is a Welsh song, the words of which were written in the 19th century by Daniel James (23 January 1848 - 11 March 1920) to a tune by John Hughes (1872-1914).[1] The song is a hymn, but it has become a song also associated with Welsh rugby union, being sung before almost every Test match involving the Welsh national team.

In 2007 the song was one of the traditional Welsh songs to make it to the screen in an S4C television series Codi Canu, as an attempt is made to bring traditional four-part harmony choral singing back to the Welsh rugby terraces.

Calon Lân is unusual among the most popular Welsh traditional songs in that the English version of the words is virtually never sung (unlike, for example, CWM RHONDDA), but the tune does appear, for example, in the current (British) Methodist hymn book, Hymns and Psalms,[2] set to the lyrics of "I will Sing the Wondrous Story" by P. P. Bliss.[3]

Lyrics[edit]

Original English Translation Alternative Translation in rhyme Second Alternative Translation

Nid wy'n gofyn bywyd moethus,
Aur y byd na'i berlau mân:
Gofyn wyf am galon hapus,
Calon onest, calon lân.

Calon lân yn llawn daioni,
Tecach yw na'r lili dlos:
Dim ond calon lân all ganu
Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos.

Pe dymunwn olud bydol,
Hedyn buan ganddo sydd;
Golud calon lân, rinweddol,
Yn dwyn bythol elw fydd.

(Chorus)

Hwyr a bore fy nymuniad
Gwyd i'r nef ar adain cân
Ar i Dduw, er mwyn fy Ngheidwad,
Roddi i mi galon lân.

(Chorus)

Alternative words:

  • Verse 1, line 3: Gofyn wyf am fywyd hapus
  • Verse 2, line 2: Chwim adenydd iddo sydd
  • Verse 3, line 2: Esgyn ar adenydd cân
  • Chorus, line 3: Does ond calon lân all ganu

I don't ask for a luxurious life,
the world's gold or its fine pearls,
I ask for a happy heart,
an honest heart, a pure heart.

A pure heart full of goodness
Is fairer than the pretty lily,
None but a pure heart can sing,
Sing in the day and sing in the night.

If I wished for worldly wealth,
It would swiftly go to seed;
The riches of a virtuous, pure heart
Will bear eternal profit.

(Chorus)

Evening and morning, my wish
Rising to heaven on the wing of song
For God, for the sake of my Saviour,
To give me a pure heart.

(Chorus)

I’d not ask a life that’s easy,
Gold and pearls so little mean,
Rather seek a heart that’s joyful,
Heart that’s honest, heart that’s clean.

(Chorus)
Heart that’s clean and filled with virtue,
Fairer far than lilies white,
Only pure hearts praise God truly,
Praise him all the day and night.[4]

I seek not life's ease and pleasures,
Earthly riches, pearls nor gold;
Give to me a heart made happy,
Clean and honest to unfold.

(Chorus)
A clean heart o'erflow'd with goodness,
Fairer than the lily white;
A clean heart forever singing,
Singing through the day and night.

If I cherish earthly treasures,
Swift they flee and all is vain;
A clean heart enriched with virtues,
Brings to me eternal gain.

(Chorus)

Morn and evening my petition,
Wings its flight to heaven in song;
In the name of my Redeemer,
Make my heart clean, pure and strong.

(Chorus)
Trans: Rees Harris[5]

Alternative words:

  • Verse 1, line 3: Gofyn wyf am fywyd hapus
  • Verse 2, line 2: Chwim adenydd iddo sydd
  • Verse 3, line 2: Esgyn ar adenydd cân
  • Chorus, line 3: Does ond calon lân all ganu

Adaptations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Hughes". Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  2. ^ Hymns and Psalms. Methodist Publishing House. 1983. ISBN 0-946550-01-8.
  3. ^ See the articles on Philip Bliss and James McGranahan.
  4. ^ Full text available on author's website
  5. ^ Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #66, The Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, Inc.
  6. ^ http://talent.itv.com/2012/news/article/read_the-britains-got-talent-2012-voting-results-revealed_item_100239.htm
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhXbtVFEmOA

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