Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

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  • Text Source: William Williams (1717-1791)
  • Included Hymn Tune: CWM RHONDDA, 1907
  • Worship Use: Praise/Thanksgiving
  • Vocal Part(s): Unison
  • Vocal Range: d-d’
  • Key: G major
  • Meter: 4/4
  • Target Age Group: Grades 3-6

    Difficulty: Moderate (for the singers), Moderately Difficult (for the pianist)

    Description: Since this was the first hymn sung at the 2011 wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, we thought it would be an ideal inclusion in our catalog and Viva Voce curriculum for 2011-2012. Arranger Wes Ramsay imaginatively captures the character of this well-known Welsh hymn tune in both the pacing of the anthem and the expertly woven piano accompaniment. This selection is appropriate as a choral introit/call to worship or anthem of praise, particularly well suited for the older children’s choir to sing for Choir Dedication Sunday or Thanksgiving.

    Anthem Warm-Ups

    • bars 9-10: “pilgrim through this barren land”
    • bars 17-18: “feed me till I want no more”

    Teaching Points

    • Rhythm/Meter: Changing tempos in bars 39-55
    • Tuning: Singing melody line accurately against countermelodies in the piano accompaniment 
    • Music History: Learning about Welsh hymn singing tradition and Welsh hymn tune
    • Music History Exploration: Listening to/watching a variety of performances of Welsh hymns by Welsh choirs on You Tube or DVD or CD

    Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer
    Pilgrim through this barren land.
    I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
    Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
    Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
    Feed me till I want no more;
    Feed me till I want no more.

    Open now the crystal fountain,
    Whence the healing stream doth flow;
    Let the fire and cloudy pillar
    Lead me all my journey through.
    Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
    Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
    Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

    When I tread the verge of Jordan,
    Bid my anxious fears subside;

    Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
    Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
    Songs of praises, songs of praises,
    I will ever give to Thee;
    I will ever give to Thee.