Today, it came into my mind.

A most beautiful hymn I remember singing in school assembly. It is the only hymn I remember and it reminds me of my Welsh ancestors of whom I am very proud.

Calon Lân

Do you know it? It is a most wondrous song with the most beautiful meaning. You may have heard it sung at a Welsh Rugby event or by a male voice choir.

I found a rousing rendition of Calon Lân performed by massed choirs and the Welsh symphony orchestra, arranged by BBC Cymru Wales on – enjoy!

I also found an English translation at along with the history of this hymn.

I don’t ask for a luxurious life
the world’s gold or its fine pearls,
I ask for a happy heart,
an honest heart, a pure heart.

A pure heart full of goodness
Is fairer than the pretty lily,
None but a pure heart can sing,
Sing in the day and sing in the night.

If I wished for worldly wealth,
It would swiftly go to seed;
The riches of a virtuous, pure heart
Will bear eternal profit.

Evening and morning, my wish
Rising to heaven on the wing of song
For God, for the sake of my Saviour,
To give me a pure heart.

Calon Lân

Thank you to John Hurley Design for the wonderful dragon image.

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