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Hyfrydol (Welsh pronunciation: [həvˈrədɔl], meaning 'cheerful') is a Welsh hymn tune which appears in a number of Christian hymnals in various arrangements. Composed by Rowland Prichard in 1844, it was originally published in the composer's handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal Cyfaill y Cantorion ("The Singers' Friend"). Prichard composed this hymn tune before he was twenty years old.
Meter and arrangement
The best-known arrangement is probably that by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which he originally produced for his revision of the English Hymnal; Vaughan Williams also composed some variations on this theme.
In addition to its use as a hymn tune, "Hyfrydol" has been arranged for brass bands and other instrumental groups.
An impressively flexible tune with beautiful chord progressions, Hyfrydol has been used as a setting for William Chatterton Dix's hymn Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!, Charles Wesley's Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, Francis Harold Rowley's (1854-1952) I Will Sing the Wondrous Story (1886), John Wilbur Chapman's Our Great Savior ("Jesus, what a friend for sinners") (1910), and Philip P. Bliss' I Will Sing of My Redeemer (1876), as well as many other hymns from a variety of faith traditions. The tune's persistence over time, and ability to penetrate cultural barriers, indicate its notability.
Online hymns set to Hyfrydol
- John Wilber Chapman's "Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners" 
- The Latter-day Saint Hymn "In Humility, Our Savior" 
- "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!" 
- Alternate arrangement of "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!" from the Episcopal 1982 Hymnal 
- "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" 
- "Earth was Given as a Garden" 
- "Blue Boat Home" lyrics by Peter Mayer 
- "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" 
- "Lord of Glory, Who Hast Bought Us" 
- "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story" 
- "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken" 
- "Ye that know the Lord is gracious"