Scripture Verse

Sweet is thy voice. Song of Solomon 2:14


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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William Williams (1717–1791)


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.