Scripture Verse

Sweet is thy voice. Song of Solomon 2:14

Introduction

Words: Will­iam Will­iams (1717–1791) (O llefara addfwyn Iesu). Trans­lat­ed from Welsh to Eng­lish by Richard M. Lewis (1849–1918).

Music: Llangan Welsh tune, 1859 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when the trans­la­tion was done, or where to get a good pho­to of Lew­is (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William Williams
(1717–1791)

Lyrics

Speak, I pray Thee, gentle Jesus!
O, how passing sweet Thy words,
Breathing o’er my troubled spirit
Peace which never earth affords.
All the world’s distracting voices,
All th’enticing tones of ill,
At Thy accents mild, melodious,
Are subdued, and all is still.

Tell me Thou art mine, O Savior,
Grant me an assurance clear;
Banish all my dark misgivings,
Still my doubting, calm my fear.
O, my soul within me yearneth
Now to hear Thy voice divine;
So shall grief be gone for ever,
And despair no more be mine.