Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Strong Deliverer, Strong, Deliverer
Be Thou still my strength and shield
Be Thou still my strength and shield

Open Thou the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing streams do flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven
Feed me now and evermore
Feed me now and evermore

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear me through the swelling current
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
Performed by Pendryus Male Choir
Y Senedd - Welsh Assembly - Cardiff
Cwm Rhondda

Wele'n sefyll rhwng y myrtwydd
Wrthddrych teilwng o fy mryd;
Er o'r braidd 'rwy'n Ei adnabod
Ef uwchlaw gwrthrychau'r byd:
Henffych fore! Henffych fore!
Caf ei weled fel y mae.
Caf ei weled fel y mae.

Rhosyn Saron yw Ei enw,
Gwyn a gwridog, hardd Ei bryd!
Ar ddeng mil y mae'n rhagori
O wrthddrychau penna'r byd ;
Ffrind pechadur! Ffrind pechadur!
Dyma'r llywydd ar y mor.
Dyma'r llywydd ar y mor.

Beth sydd imi mwy a wnelwyf
Ag eilunod gwael y llawr?
Tystio 'r wyf nad yw eu cwmni
I'w gymharu a'm Iesu Mawr.
O! am aros! O! am aros!
Yn Ei gariad ddyddiau f'oes.
Yn Ei gariad ddyddiau f'oes.
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Welsh D-Day veteran recalls horrors of Normandy landings.

As World War Two veteran Ted Owens, 94, from Pembroke Dock returns to France
to commemorate 75 years since the Normandy landings, he recalls how he thought
D-Day was a training exercise until he saw bodies on the beach.

Read Ted's full account on:
Ted at Pont L’Eveque looking at an old photo of himself
where he is described as one of the town’s liberators
D-Day Landings

156,000 allied troops landed in
Normandy, across 5 beaches

7,000ships and landing craft
involved and 10,000 vehicles

4,400from the combined allied
forces died on the day

4,000 - 9,000German casualties

Thousands of French civilians
also died
Welsh D-Day veteran remembers beach landing with 'air humming with

Idwal Symonds from Caernarfon was part of the Royal Marine Commandos who
landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 75 years ago.

At 95, he still remembers the day, and those leading up to it, clearly.
''The scale of the operation came home to me on the day before D-Day'' Idwal said.
''When I got up in the morning and looked out the Solent and the Spithead running
up into Southampton and Portsmouth was packed with boats, packed.''

Read Idwal's story on:
Read what some of our Welsh
Veterans had to say about the
events of June 6, 1944
Idwal Symonds was part of the Royal Marine
Commandos that landed on D-Day
Welsh people could be most ancient in UK, DNA suggests
(Courtesy of the BBC)

Welsh people could lay claim to be the most ancient Britons, according to scientists
who have drawn up a genetic map of the British Isles.  Research suggests the Welsh
are genetically distinct from the rest of mainland Britain.

Professor Peter Donnelly, of Oxford University, said the Welsh carry DNA which
could be traced back to the last Ice Age, 10,000 years ago.  The project surveyed
2,000 people in rural areas across Britain.Participants, as well as their parents and grandparents, had to be born in those areas to be included in the

Prof Donnelly, a professor of statistical science at Oxford University and director of the Wellcome Trust centre for human genetics, said DNA samples
were analysed at about 500,000 different points.
After comparing statistics, a map was compiled which showed Wales and Cornwall stood out.  Prof Donnelly said: "People from Wales are genetically
relatively distinct, they look different genetically from much of the rest of mainland Britain, and actually people in north Wales look relatively distinct from
people in south Wales."

While there were traces of migrant groups across the UK, there were fewer in Wales and Cornwall.  He said people from south and north Wales
genetically have "fairly large similarities with the ancestry of people from Ireland on the one hand and France on the other, which we think is most likely
to be a combination of remnants of very ancient populations who moved across into Britain after the last Ice Age. "And potentially also, people
travelling up the Atlantic coast of France and Spain and settling in Wales many thousands of years ago".

He said it was possible that people came over from Ireland to north Wales because it was the closest point, and the same for people coming to south
Wales from the continent, as it was nearer.  However he added: "We don't really have the historical evidence about what those genetic inputs were."  
The geography of Wales made it more likely that ancient DNA would be retained.
Because of its westerly position and mountainous nature, Anglo-Saxons who moved into central and eastern England after the Romans left did not
come that far west, and neither did the Vikings who arrived in around 900AD.  The professor said modern people from central and southern England
had many genetic similarities to modern people in Denmark and Germany.

The mountains were also the reason why DNA may have remained relatively unchanged, as people would have found it harder to get from north to
south Wales or into England compared with people trying to move across the flatter southern English counties, making them more likely to marry locally
and conserve more ancient DNA.  "In north Wales, there has been relative isolation because people moved less because of geographical barriers,"
Prof Donnelly said.  He added that some of these factors also held true for the extreme edges of Scotland, while the Orkney islands showed DNA
connections to Norway.

The next stage of the research will looking at physical similarities between different groups, in which the team will use photographs of people and make
3D models to measure quantitative similarities between related groups.
A depiction of early man for The Story of Wales series
The first Welsh Dragon born in over 500 years has been successfully
hatched at Bangor University.

Scientists managed to clone the Welsh Dragon after finding blood within
mosquitoes that had been fossilized in amber. They then used the DNA from
the dragon blood to complete the cloning process.

Geneticist Dr. Henry Wu explained how the process was achieved, he said:
“The mosquito, after having a tasty meal of Welsh Dragon blood, decided to
take a siesta on a piece of tree bark.“Suddenly, sap or resin starts flowing
on it, covering it and eventually hardening. The insect with the blood inside
gets perfectly preserved when the resin hardens to form amber.

“We then drilled into the amber, into the stomach of the insect, and extracted
the blood containing the DNA of the Welsh Dragon. This allowed us to
develop the egg which has been incubated for several months and
successfully hatched today.

“The work has been top secret up until today, but we are now happy to
share this great news with the world.

“The Dragon was born at 00:01hrs this morning, 1st April, as far as we can
tell, he appears to be a healthy Welsh Dragon and we‘ve called him Dewi,
he is likely to develop his full red colouring on maturity, in about 250 years.”

A spokesperson from the university said they would like to thank Dr John
Hammond for his considerable investment in the project.
Welsh Dragon successfully
hatched at Bangor University
Posted by The Bangor Aye | Apr 1, 2018 | Bangor News