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William Williams was born 2/11/1717, at Pantycelyn, Wales.  Called the “Sweet Singer of Wales” & the “Watts of Wales” Williams originally studied medicine but was ordained a deacon of the Church of England in 1740.  He refused to become a priest & in time attached himself to the Calvinistic Methodists.  He had an interesting schedule: for 35 years he ministered every month at Llaullian, Caio, & Llansawel.  History records him an esteemed preacher. Williams composed his hymns chiefly in Welsh.  He died 1/11/1791. 

He’s remembered today for “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah” a hymn that was sung at the wedding of Britain’s Prince William & Catherine Middleton (Westminster Abbey, April 29, 2011).

 

“Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land.

I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy powerful hand.

Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven, Feed me till I want no more; Feed me till I want no more.”

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