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Charles Wesley
1707 - 1778

      Charles Wesley was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Anglican clergyman John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley (the Younger), and father of musician Samuel Wesley, and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

      Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained. Charles Wesley is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote. He founded Wesley Chapel in the village of Brayton, which is just south of Selby. His house, located nearby, can still be visited today.

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Hymn'Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies
      1. 'Tis finished! the Messiah dies, cut off for sins, but not his own. Accomplished is the sacrifice, the great redeeming work is done. 2. The veil is rent; in Christ alone the living way to heaven is seen; the middle wall is broken down, and all the world may enter in. 3. 'Tis finished! All my guilt ...read
HymnA Charge to Keep I Have
      1. A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky. 2. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage to do my Master's will! 3. Arm me with jealous care, as in thy sight to live, and oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict a ...read
HymnAnd Are We Yet Alive
      1. And are we yet alive, and see each other's face? Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace! 2. Preserved by power divine to full salvation here, again in Jesus' praise we join, and in his sight appear. 3. What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, fightings without, and ...read
HymnAnd Can It Be that I Should Gain
      1. And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior's blood! Died he for me? who caused his pain! For me? who him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? 2. 'Tis mystery all: th' Immortal dies! Who c ...read
SermonAwake, Thou that Sleepest
      PREACHED ON SUNDAY APRIL 4, 1742, BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, BY THE REV. CHARLES WESLEY, M.A. STUDENT OF CHRIST-CHURCH "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Eph. 5:14. In discoursing on these words, I shall, with the help of God, -- First. Describe the sleepers, to whom they are sp ...read
HymnBeing of Beings, God of Love!
      1 Being of beings, God of love! To thee our hearts we raise; Thy all-sustaining power we prove, And gladly sing thy praise. 2 Thine, only thine, we pant to be; Our sacrifice receive; Made, and preserved, and saved by thee, To thee ourselves we give. 3 Heavenward our every wish aspires; For all thy mercies' store, The sole retu ...read
HymnBlest Be the Dear Uniting Love
      1. Blest be the dear uniting love that will not let us part; our bodies may far off remove, we still are one in heart. 2. Joined in one spirit to our Head, where he appoints we go, and still in Jesus' footsteps tread, and do his work below. 3. O may we ever walk in him, and nothing know beside, nothing desire, nothing ...read
HymnBlow Ye the Trumpet, Blow
      1. Blow ye the trumpet, blow! The gladly solemn sound let all the nations know, to earth's remotest bound: Refrain: The year of jubilee is come! The year of jubilee is come! Return, ye ransomed sinners, home. 2. Jesus, our great high priest, hath full atonement made; ye weary spirits, rest; ye mournful souls, be glad: ...read
HymnChrist the Lord Is Risen Today
      1. Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia! 2. Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened pa ...read
HymnChrist, from Whom All Blessings Flow
      1. Christ, from whom all blessings flow, perfecting the saints below, hear us, who thy nature share, who thy mystic body are. 2. Join us, in one spirit join, let us still receive of thine; still for more on thee we call, thou who fillest all in all. 3. Move and actuate and guide, diverse gifts to each divide; placed a ...read
HymnChrist, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
      1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o'er the shades of night; Dayspring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear. 2. Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day's return, till thy mercy's beams I see; till t ...read
HymnCome, and Let Us Sweetly Join
      1. Come, and let us sweetly join, Christ to praise in hymns divine; give we all with one accord glory to our common Lord. 2. Hands and hearts and voices raise, sing as in the ancient days; antedate the joys above, celebrate the feast of love. 3. Jesus, dear expected Guest, thou art bidden to the feast; for thyself our ...read
HymnCome, Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire
      1. Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire, let us thine influence prove; source of the old prophetic fire, fountain of life and love. 2. Come, Holy Ghost (for moved by thee the prophets wrote and spoke), unlock the truth, thyself the key, unseal the sacred book. 3. Expand thy wings, celestial Dove, brood o'er our nature' ...read
HymnCome, Let Us Join Our Friends Above
      1. Come, let us join our friends above who have obtained the prize, and on the eagle wings of love to joys celestial rise. Let saints on earth unite to sing with those to glory gone, for all the servants of our King in earth and heaven are one. 2. One family we dwell in him, one church above, beneath, though now divided by ...read
HymnCome, Let Us Use the Grace Divine
      1. Come, let us use the grace divine, and all with one accord, in a perpetual covenant join ourselves to Christ the Lord; Give up ourselves, thru Jesus' power, his name to glorify; and promise, in this sacred hour, for God to live and die. 2. The covenant we this moment make be ever kept in mind; we will no more our God forsake, or cas ...read
HymnCome, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast
      1. Come, sinners, to the gospel feast; let every soul be Jesus' guest. Ye need not one be left behind, for God hath bid all humankind. 2. Sent by my Lord, on you I call; the invitation is to all. Come, all the world! Come, sinner, thou! All things in Christ are ready now. 3. Come, all ye souls by sin oppressed, ye rest ...read
HymnCome, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
      1. Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. 2. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to re ...read
HymnDepth of Mercy
      1. Depth of mercy! Can there be mercy still reserved for me? Can my God his wrath forbear, me, the chief of sinners, spare? 2. I have long withstood his grace, long provoked him to his face, would not hearken to his calls, grieved him by a thousand falls. 3. I my Master have denied, I afresh have crucified, oft pr ...read
HymnDuring his Courtship
      Christ, my Life, my Only Treasure, Thou alone Mould thine own, After thy Good pleasure. Thou, who paidst my Price, direct me! Thine I am, Holy Lamb, Save, and always save me. Order Thou my whole Condition, Chuse my State, Fix my Fate By thy wise Decision. From all Earthly Expectation Set me free, Seize for Thee All ...read
HymnFather Of Everlasting Grace
      1 Father of everlasting grace, Thy goodness and thy truth we praise, Thy goodness and thy truth we prove; Thou hast, in honor of thy Son, The gift unspeakable sent down, The Spirit of life, and power, and love. 2 Send us the Spirit of thy Son To make the depths of Godhead known, To make us share the life divine; Send him the spri ...read

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