Hymn #18: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer
John Hughes (1873-1932) composed this tune, CWM RHONDDA, pronounced “koom rrhawn-tha.” Cwm means “valley” in Welsh, and Rhondda is the name of a river that runs through the heart of the coal mining industry in Wales. Hughes was inspired to compose this during worship one Sunday morning.
John Hughes was born in Dowlais, Wales, in 1873 and became one of that country’s most prolific hymnwriters, although he spent much of his life working for the Great Western Railway. CWM RHONDDA is by far his most famous tune, and it is even sung at football matches in Wales.