Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: Only Boys Aloud “Calon Lân”

Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.

Only Boys Aloud is a group of boys from Wales, mostly from troubled backgrounds, and areas of chronic unemployment, and lack of opportunity. An appearance on Britain's Got Talent introduced them to the world, with this stunning rendition of a Welsh hymn “Calon Lân” (“A Pure Heart”), one with a marked Christian theme, but which is rarely heard in churches, and is most closely associated with the Welsh national rugby team.

Calon lân yn llawn daioni,
    Heart that’s clean and filled with virtue,
Tecach yw na'r lili dlos:
    Fairer far than lilies white,
Dim ond calon lân all ganu
    Only pure hearts praise God truly,
Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos.
    Praise him all the day and night.

And so it goes.

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