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Halamus Publishing - Archived Articles - #32, November, 2004



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M. Lesley Halamek

November, 2004:–

"All Through the Night"
"Ar Hyd Y Nos"

"'Ar Hyd Y Nos' is one of the most widely known and best loved Welsh folk songs. The tune was first recorded in the Musical Relics Of The Welsh Bards (c. 1784). The Welsh words are by the prolific poet John Ceiriog Hughes (1832-1887)...

"In English, this song is often set as a lullabye to words by Harold Boulton. These words can be found in many songbooks. The words to the right are a more literal translation of the Welsh." .

Another translation in verse, and a prose translation of the Welsh words are on Dan McGlaun's website:

"Here are some versions of one of the most amazing poems I've ever seen. Of course, we all know it in the English-speaking world as a lullaby, but when you look at the real translation of the Welsh words, it takes on a whole new meaning..." .

There are a number of versions and variants of English words, including hymns and childrens' parodies, examples of which can be found on the Mudcat thread: .

The Traditional Welsh Melody "All Through the Night"
is on Page 13 of:

"Folksongs for the Violin", Part 3: Third Position, Modes, and Pentatones
(A Graded Selection of Melodies for Beginners of All Ages).

Details on the MUSIC PAGE

Welsh Traditional

Ar Hyd Y Nos

Holl amrantau'r sr ddywedant
Ar hyd y nos
"Dyma'r ffordd i fro gogoniant;"
Ar hyd y nos
Golau arall yw tywyllwch,
I arddangos gwir brydferthwch,
Teulu'r nefoedd mewn tawelwch,
Ar hyd y nos.

O mor siriol gwna seren
Ar hyd y nos
I oleuo'i chwaer ddaearen;
Ar hyd y nos
"Nos yw henaint pan ddaw cystudd,
Ond i harddu dyn a'i hwyrddydd,
Rho'wn ein golau gwan i'n gilydd,
Ar hyd y nos."


...a more literal translation of the Welsh.

All Through the Night

All the star's eyelids say,
All through the night,
"This is the way to the valley of glory,"
All through the night.
Any other light is darkness,
To exhibit true beauty,
The Heavenly family in peace,
All through the night.

O how cheerful smiles the star,
All through the night,
To light its earthly sister,
All through the night.
Old age is night when affliction comes,
But to beautify man in his late days,
We'll put our weak light together,
All through the night.

All Through the Night

Translated by J. Mark Sugars

Stars gaze down and tell their story,
All through the night,
"Here's the way to a land of glory,"
All through the night;
Other light seems merely darkness
When true beauty shines upon us,
Heaven's family tranquil o'er us,
All through the night.

See how smiles a star serenely
All through the night,
Beaming at the moon so keenly,
All through the night;
"Night is old age, with grief coming
But, adorning Man and evening
Pale light from us will be streaming
All through the night."

All Through the Night

(English words by A.P. Graves)

1. Fiery day is ever mocking
Man's feeble sight;
Darkness eve by eve unlocking
Heaven's casket bright.
Thence the burden'd spirit borrows
Strength to meet laborious morrows,
Starry peace to soothe his sorrows,
All through the night.

2. Planet after planet sparkling,
All through the night,
Down on Earth, their sister darkling,
Shed faithful light.
In our mortal day's declining,
May our souls, as calmly shining,
Cheer the restless and repining,
Till lost in sight.

(From: C.V. Stanford, ed.,
The National Song Book
(Boosey and Co., [1905], p. 176

..."In English, this song is often set as a lullabye to words by Harold Boulton. These words can be found in many songbooks...

(Words, Harold Boulton 1859-1935)
from the Oxford Song Book (1919)

All Through the Night

Sleep, my love, and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber steeping,
Love alone his watch is keeping-
All through the night.

Though I roam a minstrel lonely,
All through the night,
My true harp shall praise thee only,
All through the night;
Love's young dream, alas, is over,
Yet my strains of love shall hover
Near the presence of my lover,
All through the night.

Hark! a solemn bell is ringing,
Clear through the night;
Thou, my love, art heavenward winging,
Home through the night;
Earthly dust from off thee shaken,
Soul immortal thou shalt waken,
With thy last dim journey taken
Home through the night.


All Through the Night

Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
I my loving vigil keeping
All through the night.

While the moon her watch is keeping
All through the night
While the weary world is sleeping
All through the night
O'er thy spirit gently stealing
Visions of delight revealing
Breathes a pure and holy feeling
All through the night.

Love, to thee my thoughts are turning
All through the night
All for thee my heart is yearning,
All through the night.
Though sad fate our lives may sever
Parting will not last forever,
There's a hope that leaves me never,
All through the night.

And here are three hymn tunes, which also use the tune

"Ar Hyd Y Nos".

God, That Madest Earth And Heaven

Words: Stanza 1, Reginald Heber, 1827;
            Stanza 2, William Mercer, 1864;
            Stanza 3, Richard Whately, 1838.

God, that madest earth and Heaven, darkness and light;
Who the day for toil hast given, for rest the night;
May Thine angel guards defend us,
Slumber sweet Thy mercy send us;
Holy dreams and hopes attend us, all through the night.

And when morn again shall call us, to run life's way,
May we still, whatever befall us, Thy will obey.
From the power of evil hide us,
In the narrow pathway guide us,
Nor Thy smile be ever denied us all through the day.

Guard us waking, guard us sleeping, and when we die,
May we in Thy mighty keeping all peaceful lie;
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Do not Thou, our God, forsake us,
But to reign in glory take us with Thee on high.

Now To Heaven Our Prayer Ascending

Words: William E. Hickson,
Singing Master, 1836.

Now to heaven our prayer ascending,
God speed the right!
In a noble cause contending,
God speed the right!
May we live our lives before Thee,
Like the good and great in story,
If we fail, we fail in glory:
God speed the right!

Patient, firm, and persevering,
God speed the right!
No event or danger fearing,
God speed the right!
Pains, nor toils, nor trials heeding,
Never from the truth receding,
And in Heaven's own time succeeding,
God speed the right!

Still our onward course pursuing,
God speed the right!
Every foe at length subduing,
God speed the right!
Truth! thy cause, whate'er delay it,
There's no power on earth can stay it,
Proudly let us then obey it,
God speed the right!


One Is Kind Above All Others

Words: Marianne Nunn, in Psalms and Hymns,
by her brother John Nunn, 1817...

One is kind above all others,
O how He loves!
His is love beyond a brother's;
O how He loves!
Earthly friends may fall and leave thee,
One day kind, the next day grieve thee;
But this Friend will ne'er deceive thee;
O how He loves!

Blessd Jesus! wouldst thou know Him?
O how He loves!
Give thine heart, thine all unto Him;
O how He loves!
Is it sin that pains or grieves thee,
Unbelief or trials seize thee?
Jesus can from all release thee;
O how He loves!

Love this Friend: He longs to save thee;
O how He loves!
All through life He will not leave thee;
O how He loves!
Think no more of friendships hollow;
Take His easy yoke and follow;
Jesus carries all thy sorrow;
O how He loves!

All thy sins shall be forgiven;
O how He loves!
Backward shall thy foes be driven;
O how He loves!
Best of blessings He'll provide thee;
Naught but good shall e'er betide thee;
Safe to glory He will guide thee;
O how He loves!

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