Hymn #436: God of Grace and God of Glory
John Hughes (1873-1932) composed the tune CWM RHONDDA for a Gymanfa Ganu (a Baptist song gathering). The title refers to an area of Wales. Cwm means valley, and Rhondda is a river. Fosdick’s original tune choice for this text was REGENT SQUARE.
John Hughes was an active church layman at Salem Baptist Church in Llantuit Fardre, Wales. He composed music as an avocation, writing many hymns that are easily identified by their Welsh titles. In addition, Hughes wrote Sunday-school marches and two anthems.