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This is ideally matched by the tune with its confident marching movement. It took over a hundred years for the match to be made. It was not until 1905 that an amateur musician, John Hughes, a clerk at the Great Western Colliery, Pontypridd, wrote it for a Baptist Cymanfa Ganu, and called it at first ‘Rhondda’. There has been controversy about whether the tune and the tenor parts should be interchanged in the line ‘Feed me till I want no more’, but this version is the more interesting and likely to have been the original. It has become the usual tune for the English words, but it is not the usual tune in Welsh.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2004