Hymn #182: We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding

Carl Pickens Daw Jr. (b. 1944) based this text on the Gospel story of the Transfiguration. The poem juxtaposes the responses of the disciples Peter, James, and John with those of modern-day Christians as they approach the worship experience.

Carl P. Daw Jr. was ordained to the ministry of the Episcopal Church in 1982 and was assigned as vicar-chaplain of St. Mark’s Chapel at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. During his chaplaincy at that institution, he also served as a lecturer in English from 1988 to 1989.

Rowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887) composed this tune and included it in his Cyfaill y Cantorion “The Singer’s Friend), which was published in 1844 to provide more-appropriate music for Sunday-school songs. The tune HYFRYDOL means “pleasant” and “melodious” in Welsh.

Rowland H. Prichard worked in the textile industry but enjoyed composing church music as his hobby. His simple yet powerful tunes were typical of his native Wales. The churches in Wales encourage singing, often a capella, and Welsh choirs produce a sound unlike any found elsewhere.