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Edward Stephen (Jones)

STEPHEN (Jones), Edward (‘Tanymarian’). b. Maentwrog, Merioneth, 15 December 1822; d. 10 May 1885. Edward Jones took the name of Edward Stephen when a student. His father played the harp and his mother sang, and he himself studied music assiduously while working in the clothing trade, and then as a student of theology at the Congregational College, Bala. From 1847 he was minister of Horeb, Dwygyfylchi, near Conway, North Wales. He became known throughout Wales as a preacher, poet, lecturer, writer, and musician. During 1852-53 he wrote his oratorio Ystorm Tiberias (‘The storm on the sea of Tiberias’), the first work in that form in the language to be published. He never returned to the...

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