The National Anthem - Land of my fathers

Land of my Fathers


It is said that a weaver from Pontypridd in Mid Glamorgan, Evan James, wrote the words one Sunday morning in January 1856 to  a tune composed by his son James James, which was possibly based on an old harp melody.The date of the song's adoption as the National Anthem is uncertain, but it is known that the tune was given prominence during the National Eisteddfod held at Bangor in 1874, and since that date has been considered the song which, more than any other, expresses Welsh national sentiment.

Now afforded official status as the National Anthem of Wales by general assent, Hen Wlad fy Nhadau is sung on a wide variety of occasions throughout the country.

An English translation of  Hen Wlad fy Nhadau :-

The land of my fathers is dear to me,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.

Homeland! I am devoted to my country;
So long as the sea is a wall
to this fair beautiful land,
May the ancient language remain.
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