Charles Wesley (1707-1788), who wrote hundreds of hymns and poems, was one of the most prolific English poets. His hymns witness to the power of God in Christ today and in every age. He and his brother John Wesley founded Methodism. The Global Praise program offers resources that celebrate the life, work, and message of this powerful servant of God.
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The hymns in this section can also be found in The United Methodist Hymnal.
About Charles Wesley
Some have described Charles Wesley as the "first Methodist." They point out that he was the one who first brought together a group of like-minded Christians to the "Holy Club" at Oxford. Three days before his brother John's famous experience of feeling his heart "strangely warmed," Charles had a "strange palpitation of heart."
Today people are much more familiar with Charles Wesley's hymns than with John Wesley's sermons. Charles wrote hundreds of hymns, many that are still sung today. He was also one of the most prolific poets in the English language.
More Charles Wesley Resources
A Short Bibliography
S T Kimbrough, A Heart to Praise My God: Charles Wesley's Hymns for Today (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996).
S T Kimbrough, Jr., ed., Charles Wesley: Poet and Theologian (Nashville: Abingdon/Kingswood, 1992).
S T Kimbrough, Jr. and Oliver A. Beckerlegge, The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, 3 vols. (Nashville: Abingdon/Kingswood, 1988, 1990, 1992).
John R. Tyson, Charles Wesley on Sanctification: A Biographical and Theological Study (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Press, 1986).
John R. Tyson, Charles Wesley: A Reader (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989, 2001).
Carlton R. Young, Music of the Heart: John and Charles Wesley on Music and Musicians (Carol Stream: Hope, 1995).
THE FOLLOWING ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CHARLES WESLEY SOCIETY
(order by fax: 732-295-5568; email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Facsimile reprints of first editions of hymn books:
Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord (1745) $6.95
Hymns for our Lord's Resurrection (1746) $4.95
Hymns for Ascension-Day/Hymns for Whitsunday (1746) $7.50
Hymns on the Lord's Supper (1745) $12.95
Hymns on the Trinity (1767) $10.95
Hymns on the Great Festivals (1746), folio with music $22.95
Journal also available Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)