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HARTSOUGH, Lewis(1828-1919)
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Gwahoddiad was originally the English-language hymn "I hear thy welcome voice", the words and tune of which were written in 1872 by the American Methodist minister and hymn writer Lewis Hartsough (1828–1919), during a re­viv­al meet­ing at Epworth, Iowa where Hartsough was Pastor. Hartsough was music editor of The Revivalist, first published in Troy, New York in 1868 and revised in 1872.

In 1906 Ira D. Sankey wrote:

"The words and mu­sic of this beau­ti­ful hymn were first pub­lished in a month­ly, en­ti­tled, Guide to Ho­li­ness, a co­py of which was sent to me in Eng­land. I im­me­di­ate­ly adopt­ed it, and had it pub­lished in Sac­red Songs and So­los. It proved to be one of the most help­ful of the re­viv­al hymns, and was oft­en used as an in­vi­ta­tion hymn in Eng­land and Amer­i­ca."

The Welsh version Gwahoddiad, written by Calvinistic Methodist minister and musician Rev. John Roberts (Ieuan Gwyllt), has become so well known in translation that many people believe it to be a traditional Welsh hymn.