Hymns for the feast of St David of Wales (1 March)

A selection of  hymns and songs for the feast of St David of Wales.   They are chosen because they are about David, or reflect actions in his life or themes of his ministry.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright but particular suitable may also be included.

About St David

David was born in Wales and is a saint of the Celtic Church.  He was a great teacher and preacher, and is often shown as a bishop with a dove his shoulder, sometimes standing on a small hill

His is buried at St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, and his shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages

The flag of St David is a yellow cross on a black background. It is not included in the Union Jack, which is the flag of the United Kingdom.

The traditional Welsh symbols of the leek and daffodil are worn on St David’s Day (leeks by the men, and daffodils by the women)

David is also the patron saint of vegetarians.

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Angel-voices ever Singing

Around the Throne of God, A Band

Bendigedig fyddo'r Iesu (Let us praise the Lord triumphant)

Christ the Fair Glory of the Holy Angels

David of the White Rock

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer / Jehovah

Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of My Fathers)

Lord God to Thee we Give all Praise

O Great Saint David

Stars of the Morning so Gloriously Bright

Thee, O Christ, the Father’s Splendour

We Praise Thy Name all-holy God

Ye Holy Angels Bright

Hymns that may still be copyright

Angels of God you see the Father’s Face - Stanbrook Abbey

Christ the Lord of Hosts Unshaken - Peter Prange (1972- )

Ring out the Bells for St David (ref)

Saint David's Day Anthem Dydd Gwyl Dewi - video

Song of St David (When the Daffodils Come) - video

More resources for church-music selection ....

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1 comment:

  1. I would suggest "Calon lân" which is the hymn sung at Welsh rugby matches. This may devalue it in the eyes of some, but it is a true hymn and most suitable for Lent which is where this feast often falls. Calon lân means "a pure heart".
    It is well out of copyright. Words (Welsh, English and even phonetic), music and videos are easily available on the internet.


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