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LEWIS , WILLIAM ( fl. 1786-1794 ), hymn-writer ,

lived at Aber-mawr , Llangloffan, Pembs. He was a weaver by trade and is said to have excelled in the making of beautiful and artistic carpets . His brother, Thomas Lewis , was minister of the Baptist church at Llangloffan , where he himself was, for many years, a deacon . His hymns, ‘set forth by Morris Griffiths ’ ( fl. 1766-1805 ) (q.v.) , were published in Galar a Gorfoledd y Saint; neu Hymnau cymmwys a pherthynol i Addoliad Cyhoeddus ( Trevecka , 1786 ); a 2nd., revised, edition was printed by Peter Evans of Caernarvon ‘for Hugh Jones ,’ early in the 19th cent. , under the title, Y Durtur, sef Ychydig o Hymnau, ar Amryw Destynau Efengylaidd . Both of these books include his celebrated hymn, ‘ Cof am y cyfiawn Iesu .’ He is thought to have d. c. 1794 , but his Hymnau Newyddion ( Carmarthen ) was published ‘by Evan Rees ’ in 1798 . He and his wife, Phoebe , had two children, but only his daughter, Maria , had issue.

Sources:

  • Seren Cymru , 5 July 1889 ;
  • W. A. Griffiths , Hanes Emynwyr Cymru , Caernarfon, 1907 , 200-2;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1906-7 , 7;
  • R. Edwards , Hanes Llangloffan .

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959