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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, it was originally published in the composer's handbook to the Children's Songbook Cyfaill y Cantorion ("The Singers' Friend"). Prichard composed this hymn tune before he was twenty years old.[1]

Meter and arrangement[edit]

Hyfrydol has a metre of (alternating lines of eight and seven syllables, other examples of which include Blaenwern and Abbot's Leigh).

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.


  1. ^ The Harvard University Hymn Book. Harvard University Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-674-38000-4. 

Online hymns set to Hyfrydol[edit]