As a girl she was fond of a gay life but sobered down after hearing Benjamin Jones ( 1756 - 1823 ) of Pwllheli preach. She joined the Methodist society at Pont Robert in 1797 and came into contact with John Hughes ( 1775 - 1854 ) , the teacher and preacher , with whom she corresponded extensively. She m. Thomas Griffiths ( 1779 - 8 Apr. 1808 ), a Meifod farmer , on 10 Oct. 1804 and d. in Aug. 1805 after the birth of her child; she was buried at Llanfihangel , 12 Aug . She used to recite her hymns to her maid , Ruth Evans , who treasured them in her memory; when Ruth m. John Hughes , the latter wrote them down in two note-books. It was he, doubtless, who gave them to Thomas Charles of Bala , but it is thought that Robert Jones ( 1745 - 1829 ) of Rhos-lan prepared them for publication. They were published in the 1805 ed. of Grawn-Syppiau Canaan and later ( 1806 ) in Casgliad o Hymnau gan mwyaf heb erioed eu hargraffu o'r blaen ( Bala , R. Saunderson ). Another impression under the same title was published in 1807 by J. Evans of Carmarthen 's press; and yet another in 1808 under the title Hymnau o Fawl i Dduw a'r Oen ( Bala , Saunderson ). The contents of John Hughes 's note-books were published by Sir Owen M. Edwards in Gwaith Ann Griffiths (‘ Cyfres y Fil ’), 1905 ; here at last the original version of the hymns is to be found. They are characterized by a wealth of scriptural allusion, by deep religious and mystical feeling, and by bold metaphors. They are written, for the most part, in an anacrustic 8-7 metre — a form which has given considerable trouble to composers of hymn-tunes .
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 1959