Rev. T. C. Edwards, D.D., was born at Landore, Swansea, December 6, 1848. His parents were Richard and Mary (Owen) Edwards. As a boy, he moved to Cwmbach, Aberdare and attended the National School, Cwmbach, from 1855 to 1862, and the British School, Aberdare, from 1865 to 1866. He then moved to the Tydvil School,Merthyr, as a pupil and assistant master --from 1866 to 1867. He began preaching at 1 Mynydd Scion, Cwmbach, and from 1868 to 1870 he studied at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen. Upon his graduation from the Presbyterian College, he emi-grated to the United States and began his ministerial career in the States at the Mineral Ridge Independent Chapel, Mineral Ridge, Ohio.
On May 4, 1871, he married Elizabeth, the youngest daughter of Rev. Jonah Morgan of Cwmbaci, Aberdare. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Jonathon J. Jones, Pastor of the 11th Street Congregational Church of New York City. He remained in Mineral Ridge until February, 1872, wheii he accepted a charge at the First Welsh Congregational Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Then on January 1, 1878, he accepted a call from the Welsh Congregational Church at Edwardsville, Pa. He served these two Churches jointly, and in 1879 he was asked to devote his full time to the Edwardsville Church.
The full-time ministry in the Edwardsville Church began on January 1, 1880, and continued, with the exception of two years, 1891 to 1893, when he was pastor of Ebenezer Congregational Church, Cardiff, until * his death in 1927. In America, he was one of the most successful ministers of his time. He traveled throughout the States and was known as far west as Oakland, California. His distinguished personality and excellent voice were world renowned. He was a fluent and popular preacher, an excellent organizer, and a leader in his denomination. In 1913, at the International Gymanfa in Pittsburgh, he was invested Archdruid of America by Dyfed, Archdruid of Great Britain. This honor made him chief of the Bardic Fraternity in this country. He was the first Archdruid invested in this country.
Dr. Edwards was elected to the Board of Directors of the Kingston Bank and served as Secretary of the Board and later as Vice President, and to the time of his departure served in this capacity. He taught elocution at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pa., and lectured on various subjects of popular interest throughout the country. He won many important prizes in the field of poetry and composed many of the hymns in the Welsh-English Hymnal he edited. Above all, he was regarded as an Eisteddfod Conductor in a class by himself. Between 1891 and 1897, he conducted five of the National Eisteddfodau in Wales.
These hymns were among those written by Cynonfardd.
Victory by the Cross
Near the Cross, O Jesus, keep me,
There a fountain full and free,
With a stream of grace to heal me,
Flowing over Calvary:
There my Saviour died for me.
When before the Cross I trembled,
Fearing sin would vanquish me,
Then my Lord cried "It is finished,"
And hope flowed from Calvary:
Calvary, now for me
Hope of life flows full and free.
In His Cross I'll glory ever,
His atonement for my sin;
Nothing from His love shall sever;
By this sign the fight I'll win.
Calvary, now for me
By His Cross comes victory.
Rhyddid a DiogelwcmCristion
Barn o gondemniad nid oes,
Symudwyd hi trwy lawn y groes
I bawb sydd yng Nghrist Iesu'n byw,
A rhodio'n bur gan ofni Duw:
Yr hyn ni allai deddf y nef
Wneud dros y byd, wnaed ganddo Ef,
Cymerodd arno natur dyn,
A thalodd lawn trwy farw Ei hun.
Er nas gwyr dyn y dull a'r modd
Y mae gweddio wrth Ei fodd,
Yn eiriol drosto'n ddinacad
Mae'r Yspryd Glan ger bron y Tad,
A'r Tad a wyr Ei feddwl Ef
Tra'n erfn drosom yn y nef:
Yn ol ewyllys Duw ei hun
Eiriola'r Yspryd dros y dyn.