Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of
the words of the "Land of my Fathers" lyrics,
Evan James (1809-September
was born in Caerphilly,
achieved fame as a poet and
writer of the national
anthem of Wales (Land of my
Fathers), called 'Hen Wlad
Fy Nhadau' in Welsh. His son
James composed the music.
Composer of Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Land of my Fathers",
James James (4 November
1832-January 11, 1902),
was born in Bedwellty,
Monmouthshire, Wales and
became famous as a harpist,
composer and musician.
Land of my Fathers Lyrics
O land of
my fathers, O land of my love,
Dear mother of minstrels who kindle and
And hero on hero, who at honour's proud
For freedom their lifeblood let fall.
Wales! Wales! O but my heart is with you!
And long as the sea
Your bulwark shall be,
To Cymru my heart shall be true.
O land of the mountains, the bard's
Whose precipice, valleys lone as the skies,
Green murmuring forest, far echoing flood
Fire the fancy and quicken the blood.
For tho' the fierce foeman has ravaged your
The old speech of Cymru he cannot o'erwhelm,
Our passionate poets to silence command
Or banish the harp from your strand.
Information about this
Title of Hymn /
Patriotic Song: Land of my Fathers
Author of Lyrics: Evan James (1809
to September 30, 1878)
Nationality of Author:
Name of Composer of Music:
James James (4 November 1832 to
January 11, 1902)
Hymn Category: Patriotic
Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "O
land of my fathers, O land of my love"
First Publication Date: