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Charles Wesley Hymns

Charles WesleyCharles 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.

The hymns in this section can also be found in The United Methodist Hymnal.


Selected Hymns of Charles Wesley

Let Us Plead for Faith Alone
Words: Charles Wesley, 1740 (Eph. 2:8-10) Music: Foundery Collection, 1742
Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending
Words: Charles Wesley, 1758 (Rev. 1:7) Music: Trad. English melody, 18th cent.; harm. from The English Hymnal, 1906
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Words: Charles Wesley, 1747 Music: John Zundel, 1870
Maker, in Whom We Live
Words: Charles Wesley, 1747 Music: George J. Elvey, 1868
O Come and Dwell in Me
Words: Charles Wesley, 1762 Music: Genevan Psalter, 1551 adapt. by William Crotch, 1836
O For a Heart to Praise My God
Words: Charles Wesley, 1742 (Ps. 51:10) Music: Thomas Haweis, 1792
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Words: Charles Wesley, 1739 Music: Carl G. Glaser, 1839
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done
Words: Charles Wesley, 1742 Music: Isaac B. Woodbury, 1850
O Thou Who Camest from Above
Words: Charles Wesley, 1762 (Lev. 6:13) Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1872
Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
Words: Charles Wesley, 1743 (Ps. 150) Music: Foundery Collection, 1742
Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Words: Charles Wesley, 1746 (1 Cor. 15:51-52) Music: John Darwall, 1770; harm. from The English Hymnal, 1906. alt., 1845
Soldiers of Christ, Arise
Words: Charles Wesley, 1749 (Eph. 6:13-18) Music: George J. Elvey, 1868
Spirit of Faith, Come Down
Words: Charles Wesley, 1746 Music: Sacred Harp (Mason), 1840
Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
Words: Charles Wesley, 1749 Music: Attr. to Dimitri S. Bortaniansky, 1825
'Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies
Words: Charles Wesley, 1762 (Jn. 19:30) Music: William B. Bradbury, 1853
Ye Servants of God
Words: Charles Wesley, 1744 (Rev. 7:9-12) Music: Attr. to William Croft, 1708

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