Scripture Verse

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud…and by night in a pillar of fire. Exodus 13:21


John Hughes

Words: Will­iam Will­iams, Hal­le­lu­iah (Bris­tol, Eng­land: 1745) (Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch). Trans­lat­ed from Welsh to Eng­lish by Pe­ter Will­iams, Hymns on Var­ious Subjects (Car­mar­then, Wales: 1771). Will­iams pub­lished an­oth­er Eng­lish trans­la­tion in Lady Hunt­ing­don’s Col­lec­tion, cir­ca 1772.

Music: Cwm Rhon­dda John Hughes, 1907 (🔊 pdf nwc). Note: Some of the alternate tunes below use slight­ly dif­fer­ent end­ings to the lyr­ics.

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Hughes, would you ?

William Williams


Hughes wrote this mu­sic in Ton­teg (near Pon­ty­pridd), Wales, to com­mem­o­rate a mu­sic fes­tiv­al held in near­by Ca­pel Rhon­dda, Hop­kins­town. It was first per­formed No­vem­ber 1 that year to Welsh words by Ann Griff­iths.

In the ear­ly days it was simp­ly known as Rhon­dda, but with­in a year he changed the name to Cwm Rhon­dda, used Pe­ter Will­iams’ trans­la­tion, and the rest is his­to­ry.

The hymn was sung at the wed­ding of Bri­tain’s Prince Will­iam & Ca­the­rine Mid­dle­ton in West­min­ster Abbey, Lon­don, April 29, 2011.


Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
[or Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer…]
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Feed me with the heavenly manna,
In this barren wilderness;
Be my sword, and shield, and banner—
Be my robe of righteousness.
Fight and conquer, fight and conquer
All my foes by sovereign grace,
All my foes by sovereign grace.*

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer,
Sin, and Satan and the grave,
Sin, and Satan and the grave.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

Musing on my habitation,
Musing on my heav’nly home,
Fills my soul with holy longings:
Come, my Jesus, quickly come;
Vanity is all I see;
Lord, I long to be with Thee!
Lord, I long to be with Thee!


*Probably a lat­er ad­di­tion. First known pub­li­cation of this stan­za was in 1810.