After the Revival Nantlais became associated with the leading personalities who attended the annual evangelical conferences at Keswick and Llandrindod Wells , e.g. E. Keri Evans (above) , R.B. Jones , W.W. Lewis , Seth Joshua (see Supplement below ), W.S. Jones , W. Talbot Price , and in 1917 he established an annual conference of the same kind at Ammanford (see J.D. Williams , Cynhadledd y Sulgwyn Rhydaman ( Ammanford , 1967 ). His labours at Bethany proved very successful; a schoolroom was built at Pantyffynnon in 1904 , and another in Tir-y-dail in 1906 (a church was established there in 1911 ; see W.N. Williams , Y Deugain Mlynedd Hyn ( Ammanford , 1921 )). A beautiful new chapel was built at Bethany in 1930 . Nantlais was elevated to the chair of the South Wales Association ( 1943 ), and he was Moderator of the General Assembly ( 1940 ). He corresponded for years with Eluned Morgan of Patagonia ( DWB , 643) , and at her earnest request Nantlais went on a preaching tour for three weeks in the Welsh colony in Patagonia in 1938 (see the correspondence between them in Dafydd Ifans (ed.), Tyred drosodd ( 1977 )).
Although Nantlais refrained from competing at eisteddfodau after the Revival , he continued to write, consecrating his talents and his poetry thereafter to spreading the Gospel. He was one of the editors of Y Lladmerydd ( 1922-26 ), and editor of Yr Efengylydd ( 1916-33 ), and Trysorfa'r Plant ( 1934-47 ). He composed many hymns for children , indeed there was scarcely anyone more successful than he as a hymn writer for children. These hymns were published in three collections, Moliant Plentyn , part I ( 1920 ) and part II ( 1927 ), and Clychau'r Gorlan ( 1942 ). Many of his fine, inspired hymns are to be found in the present-day hymnals of all denominations. There is a collection of his best hymns in Emynau'r daith ( 1949 ), and in Clychau Seion (which he edited c. 1952 ). He also published (in collaboration with Daniel Protheroe ( DWB , 801-2) , David Evans ( 1874 - 1948 ; see above ) and J.T. Rees (see above) a number of children's songs, as well as other musical works. Even though he refrained from competing, he did not lose his gift as a lyrical poet , as was shown in his anthology of poems, Murmuron Newydd ( 1926 ), and his children's rhymes, Darlun a chân ( 1941 ). Before the end of his life, in recognition of his literary contribution, he was awarded an hon. M.A. degree by the University of Wales . There is an appreciation of him as a hymnist and poet , together with a list of all his publications in Bwletin Cymdeithas Emynau Cymru , I, no. 4 ( 1971 ), 77-99. He contributed extensively to the periodicals which he edited, and to Y Goleuad . There are chapters of reminiscences in the latter ( 1955 ), which were published in 1967 under the title O Gopa Bryn Nebo .
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 2001