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Charles Wesley

(18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788 / Epworth, England)

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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 musicianSamuel 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 ministered for part of his life in The New Room Chapel in Bristol. His ... more »

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  • ''And am I born to die?
    To lay this body down?
    And must my trembling spirit fly
    Into a world unknown?''
    Charles Wesley (1707-1788), British hymn-writer. "Hymn XLI," l. 1-4, A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists, London, J. Par...
  • ''I rise superior to my pain,
    When I am weak then I am strong;''
    Charles Wesley (1707-1788), British hymn writer. Wrestling Jacob (l. 33-34). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-...
  • Lame as I am, I take the prey,
    Hell, earth, and sin with ease o'ercome;
    I leap for joy, pursue my way,
    And as a bounding hart fly home,
    Through all eternity to prove,
    Charles Wesley (1707-1788), British hymn writer. Wrestling Jacob (l. 79-84). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-...
  • ''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.''
    Charles Wesley (1707-1788), British hymn-writer. Published in The Hymnal (1982). "Come Thou Long-expected Jesus," l. 1-4.
  • Jesus, Lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly,
    While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high;
    Hide me, O my Saviour, hide, Till the storm of life be past;
    Safe ...
    Charles Wesley (1707-1788), British hymn-writer. "Hymn #143," l. 1-4, Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740).
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