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John David Edwards

EDWARDS, John David. b. Penderlwyngoch, Gwnnws, Cardiganshire, 19 December 1805; d. Llanddoget, Rhosymedre, Denbighshire, 24 November 1885. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford. He took Holy Orders (deacon 1832, priest 1833) and became vicar of Rhosymedre from 1843 until his death. He was a prolific musician, and much in demand as an Eisteddfod adjudicator. He published Original Sacred Music in two volumes (1839, 1843). He is chiefly known as the composer of the tune RHOSYMEDRE (sometimes called LOVELY), used in EH (1906) for Charles Wesley*’s ‘Author of life divine’*. Vaughan Williams*, who found the tune for EH, used it again for his celebrated organ prelude, published as no. 2 in his...

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