O Great Saint David

The words were written by Welch Roman Catholic priest, later archbishop of Cardiff, Francis E. Mostyn (1860-1939), for the opening of a chapel (ref).

With meter 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 9, tunes it is set to include:
  • ST DAVID by A. Gergory Murray OSB (1905-1992)

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:


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Singer, self-accompanied on organ

Instrumental - piano. Tune ST DAVID


O great St. David, still we hear thee call us
Unto a life that knows no fear of death;
Yea, down the ages will thy words enthral us,
Strong, happy words; "Be joyful, keep the faith."

On Cambria's land stretch out thy hands in blessing:
For all Welsh folk, thy help we now implore,*
Lead us to God, with humble hearts confessing
Jesus, Lord and king for evermore.

Christ was the centre rock of all thy teaching,
God's holy will – the splendour of its theme.
His grace informed, his love inflamed thy preaching;
Christ's sway on earth, the substance of thy dream.

In early childhood, choosing Jesus only,
Thy fervour showed his yoke was light and sweet.
And thus for thee, life's journey was not lonely –
The path made plain by prints of wounded feet.

O glorious saint, we wander in the dark;
With thee we seek our trusted guide in Rome.
Help him to steer on earth Saint Peter's barque,
That we may safely reach our heavenly home.

* Original text of the chorus:
On Cambria's sons stretch out thy hands in blessing:
On our dear land, thy help we now implore,…

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