Daniel James penned the Calon Lan anthem in the 19th century. The anthem is truly loved by the Welsh and is sung widely in schools, sporting events and in Welsh gatherings. This Calon Lan Centre website category is devoted to our love of the anthem. Our heartfelt goal is to preserve and promote the anthem’s legacy.
The words “Calon Lan”, when translated into the English language, mean “pure heart”. Daniel James sought this characteristic in his life, making that search famous through his beloved, poetic verses.
Here is the anthem in English:
I seek not life’s ease and pleasures,
Earthly riches, pearls nor gold;
Give to me a heart made happy,
Clean and honest to unfold.
A clean heart o’erflow’d with goodness,
Fairer than the lily white;
A clean heart forever singing,
Singing through the day and night.
If I cherish earthly treasures,
Swift they flee and all is vain;
A clean heart enriched with virtues,
Brings to me eternal gain.
Morn and evening my petition,
Wings its flight to heaven in song;
In the name of my Redeemer,
Make my heart clean, pure and strong.