VERSES WITH A HISTORY
No story of the Welsh hymns would be complete
without a note on the influence of single verses.
The hymn-book in the pew is an innovation--quite
within recent years--of Welsh church-life. The
hymn-book used to be the private property of the
pulpit; consequently the people had to learn their
favourite hymns by heart--and a very profitable
exercise it always is. A hymn within the heart is
life. But in learning hymns it often happens that
one special verse stands out from among its sister
verses. The latter may be forgotten; the one
clings to the memory.