JOHN, HENRY, or HARRI SION (1664 - 1754), hymnist

Name: Henry John
Date of birth: 1664
Date of death: 1754
Gender: Male
Occupation: hymnist
Area of activity: Poetry; Religion
Author: Arthur Gray-Jones

Born at Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, he was one of the early members of the Baptist church there. He removed later to Pontypool. His Rhai Hymnau … Duwiol was published by Farley in 1747. A collection of his hymns, Amryw Hymnau Dymuniadol a Phrofiadol …, to which were added some by other writers, was published in [ 1773 ] by S. Farley of Bristol who had from 1740 to 1742 printed at Pontypool a number of Welsh works, at the instigation of Miles Harry. A second edition appeared at Carmarthen in 1773 and a fifth in 1817, but the hymns are more remarkable for their piety than for their poetry. His 'Can am Briodas' was printed in William Secker's Y Fodrwy Briodas (Trevecca, 1791). Benjamin Francis wrote an elegy to his memory, and Joshua Thomas in his Hanes y Bedyddwyr (1778), 249, gives high praise to Harri Siôn for the depth and sincerity of his religious convictions. He died 20 September 1754, aged 91, according to his tombstone.


Published date: 1959

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