Born: De­cem­ber 18, 1707, Ep­worth, Lin­coln­shire, Eng­land.

Died: March 29, 1788, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: Ma­ry­le­bone Par­ish Church, Lon­don.

Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 hymns. Like most hymn­ists, his works were fre­quent­ly al­tered. In the pre­face to the 1779 Col­lection of Hymns for the Use of the Peo­ple called Meth­od­ists, his bro­ther John wrote:

I beg leave to men­tion a thought which has been long up­on my mind, and which I should long ago have in­sert­ed in the pub­lic pa­pers, had I not been un­will­ing to stir up a nest of horn­ets. Ma­ny gen­tle­men have done my bro­ther and me (though with­out nam­ing us) the hon­our to re­print ma­ny of our hymns. Now they are per­fect­ly wel­come to do so, pro­vid­ed they print them just as they are. But I de­sire they would not at­tempt to mend them, for they are real­ly not able. None of them is able to mend ei­ther the sense or the verse. There­fore, I must beg of them these two fa­vours: ei­ther to let them stand just as they are, to take things for bet­ter or worse, or to add the true read­ing in the mar­gin, or at the bot­tom of the page, that we may no long­er be ac­count­a­ble ei­ther for the non­sense or for the dog­ger­el of other men.

In addition to hymn writ­ing, Charles and John found­ed the move­ment which be­came the Meth­od­ist de­nom­in­a­tion.



  1. Ah! Whither Should I Go?
  2. All Glory to God
  3. All Glory to God in the Sky
  4. All Wise, All Good, Almighty Lord
  5. All Praise to Him Who Dwells in Bliss
  6. All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord
  7. All Ye That Pass By
  8. All Ye That Seek the Lord Who Died
  9. Ambassadors of God
  10. And Am I Only Born to Die?
  11. And Are We Yet Alive?
  12. And Can I Yet Delay?
  13. And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
  14. And Let Our Bodies Part
  15. And Let This Feeble Body Fail
  16. And Must I Be to Judgment Brought
  17. Angels Your March Oppose
  18. Arise, My Soul, Arise
  19. Arm of the Lord, Awake, Awake!
  20. Author of Faith, Eternal Word
  21. Awake, Jerusalem, Awake!
  22. Away with Our Fears!
  23. Away with Our Sorrow and Fear
  24. Be Merciful, O God, to Me
  25. Because Thou Hast Said
  26. Behold the Servant of the Lord
  27. Being of Beings
  28. Blest Be Our Everlasting Lord
  29. Blest Be the Dear Uniting Love
  30. Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow
  31. By Faith We Find the Place Above
  32. Captain of Israel’s Host
  33. Celebrate Immanuel’s Name
  34. Charge to Keep I Have, A
  35. Christ from Whom All Blessings Flow
  36. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
  37. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
  38. Clap Your Hands, Ye People All
  39. Come Away to the Skies
  40. Come, and Let Us Sweetly Join
  41. Come, Divine Interpreter
  42. Come, Father, Son, and Ho­ly Ghost
  43. Come, Ho­ly Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire
  44. Come, Let Us Anew Our Journey Pursue
  45. Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above
  46. Come, Let Us Rise with Christ
  47. Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine
  48. Come, Let Us Who in Christ Believe
  49. Come, O Thou All Victorious Lord
  50. Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown
  51. Come On, My Partners in Distress
  52. Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast
  53. Come, Thou Almighty King
  54. Come, Thou Conqueror of the Na­tions
  55. Come, Thou Everlasting Spirit
  56. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
  57. Come, Ye Weary Sinners, Come
  58. Depth of Mercy
  59. Earth with All Her Fullness Owns, The
  60. Eternal Beam of Light Divine
  61. Eternal Son, Eternal Love
  62. Eternal Sun of Righteousness
  63. Father, God, We Glorify
  64. Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee
  65. Father, in Whom We Live
  66. Father of All, Whose Powerful Voice
  67. Father of Everlasting Grace
  68. Father of Jesus Christ, My Lord
  69. Father of Me, and All Mankind
  70. Father, Our Hearts We Lift
  71. Father, Son and Holy Ghost
  72. Father, Whose Everlasting Love
  73. Forever Here My Rest Shall Be
  74. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
  75. Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild
  76. Give Me a New, a Perfect Heart
  77. Give Me the Enlarged Desire
  78. Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove
  79. Glorious God, Accept a Heart
  80. Glory Be to God on High (1)
  81. Glory Be to God on High (2)
  82. Glory to God, Whose Sovereign Grace
  83. God Is Gone Up on High
  84. God of All Power and Truth and Grace
  85. God Only Wise, and Great, and Strong
  86. Good Thou Art, and Good Thou Dost
  87. Great Archangel’s Trump, The
  88. Great God! To Me the Sight Afford
  89. Hail, Co-Essential Three
  90. Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
  91. Happy Magdalene, to Whom
  92. Happy Soul, That, Free from Harms
  93. Happy the Man That Finds the Grace
  94. Happy the Souls to Jesus Joined
  95. Hark! A Voice Divides the Sky
  96. Hark, How the Watchmen Cry
  97. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  98. He Comes! He Comes! the Judge Severe!
  99. Head of Thy Church Triumphant
  100. Head of Thy Church, Whose Spirit Fills
  101. Hearken to the Solemn Voice
  102. Heavenly Father, Sovereign Lord
  103. Ho! Every One That Thirsts, Draw Nigh
  104. Holy as Thou, O Lord, Is None
  105. Holy, Ho­ly, Lord
  106. Holy Lamb, Who Thee Confess
  107. Hosanna in the Highest
  108. How Can We Sinners Know
  109. How Glorious Is the Life Above
  110. How Happy Are the Little Flock
  111. How Happy Every Child of Grace
  112. How Happy Are Thy Servants, Lord
  113. How Lovely Are Thy Tents, O Lord!
  114. I Call the World’s Redeemer Mine
  115. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  116. I the Good Fight Have Fought
  117. I Want a Principle Within
  118. If Death My Friend and Me Divide
  119. In Age and Feebleness Extreme
  120. Infinite God, to Thee We Raise
  121. Jehovah, God the Father, Bless
  122. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
  123. Jesus, Faithful to His Word
  124. Jesus, from Whom All Blessings Flow
  125. Jesus, Let All Thy Lovers Shine
  126. Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee
  127. Jesus, Lover of My Soul
  128. Jesus, My Advocate Above
  129. Jesus, My Savior, Brother, Friend
  130. Jesus, My Strength, My Hope
  131. Jesus, the All-Restoring Word
  132. Jesus, the Conqueror, Reigns
  133. Jesus! the Name High over All
  134. Jesus, the Rising Lord of All
  135. Jesus, the Sinner’s Friend
  136. Jesus, the Truth and Power Divine
  137. Jesus, Thine All Victorious Love
  138. Jesus, Thou All Redeeming Lord
  139. Jesus, Thou Soul of All Our Joys
  140. Jesus, United by Thy Grace
  141. Jesus, We Look to Thee
  142. Join All Ye Joyful Nations
  143. Join, All Ye Ransomed Sons of Grace
  144. Lamb of God I Look to Thee
  145. Leader of Faithful Souls
  146. Let All That Breathe, Jehovah Praise
  147. Let Angels and Archangels Sing
  148. Let Earth and Heaven Combine
  149. Let Him to Whom We Now Belong
  150. Let Not the Wise His Wisdom Boast
  151. Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing
  152. Let the World Their Virtue Boast
  153. Let Us Plead for Faith Alone
  154. Lift Your Heads
  155. Light of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling
  156. Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending
  157. Lord, I Believe a Rest Remains
  158. Lord, I Believe Thy Work of Grace
  159. Lord, in the Strength of Grace
  160. Lord of the Harvest, Hear
  161. Lord, Whom Winds and Waves Obey
  162. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  163. Lovers of Pleasure More Than God
  164. Meet and Right It Is to Sing
  165. Messiah, Prince of Peace
  166. My God, I Am Thine
  167. My God, I Know, I Feel Thee Mine
  168. My Heart Is Full of Christ
  169. My Soul, Inspired with Sac­red Love
  170. O Astonishing Grace, That the Reprobate Race
  171. O Come and Dwell in Me
  172. O for a Heart to Praise My God
  173. O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
  174. O for That Tenderness of Heart
  175. O God, Most Merciful and True
  176. O God, Thy Righteousness We Own
  177. O How Happy Are They Who the Savior Obey
  178. O Jesus, My Hope
  179. O Love, Divine, How Sweet Thou Art
  180. O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done
  181. O Mercy Divine, O Couldst Thou Incline
  182. O That I Could, in Every Place
  183. O That I Could Repent
  184. O That My Load of Sin Were Gone!
  185. O the Depth of Love Divine
  186. O Thou Eternal Victim Slain
  187. O Thou, Our Savior, Brother, Friend
  188. O Thou Who at Thy Creature’s Bar
  189. O Thou Who Camest from Above
  190. O Thou, Whom All Thy Saints Adore
  191. O Thou Whose Offering on the Tree
  192. O What Shall I Do, My Savior to Praise
  193. Object of All Our Knowledge Here
  194. Omnipotent Lord, My Savior and King
  195. Our Earth We Now Lament to See
  196. Our Lord Is Risen from the Dead
  197. Peace, Doubting Heart!
  198. Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
  199. Prisoners of Hope, Arise
  200. Rejoice, the Lord Is King
  201. Righteous God! Whose Vengeful Phials
  202. Savior, and Can It Be
  203. Savior, Prince of Israel’s Race
  204. Savior, Whom Our Hearts Adore
  205. See How Great a Flame Aspires
  206. See, Jesus, Thy Disciples See
  207. See, Sinners, in the Gospel Glass
  208. Shepherd Divine, Our Wants Relieve
  209. Sing to the Great Jehovah’s Praise
  210. Sing, Ye Ransomed Nations, Sing
  211. Sinners, Believe the Gospel Word
  212. Sinners, Dismiss Your Fear
  213. Sinners, Rejoice: Your Peace Is Made
  214. Sinners, Obey the Gospel Word
  215. Sinners, Turn: Why Will You Die?
  216. Soldiers of Christ, Arise
  217. Son of the Carpenter, Receive
  218. Spirit of Faith, Come Down
  219. Stand the Omnipotent Decree
  220. Stay, Thou Insulted Spirit, Stay
  221. Surrounded by a Host of Foes
  222. Talk with Us, Lord
  223. Terrible Thought! Shall I Alone
  224. Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
  225. This Is Thy Will, I Know
  226. Thou God of Glorious Majesty
  227. Thou Great Mysterious God Unknown
  228. Thou Judge of Quick and Dead
  229. Thou Son of God, Whose Flaming Eyes
  230. Thou, the Great, Eternal God
  231. Thousand Oracles Divine, A
  232. Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted Love
  233. Thy Faithfulness, Lord, Each Moment We Find
  234. ’Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies
  235. To Us a Child of Royal Birth
  236. Victim Divine, Thy Grace We Claim
  237. Watched by the World’s Malignant Eye
  238. Weary of Wandering from My God
  239. Weary Souls That Wander Wide
  240. Weep Not for a Brother Deceased
  241. What Am I, O Thou Glorious God!
  242. What Is Our Calling’s Glorious Hope?
  243. What Shall I Do, My God to Love
  244. What Shall I Render to My God
  245. When Quiet in My House I Sit
  246. Where Is the Holy Heav’n-Born Child?
  247. Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?
  248. Wherewith, O Lord, Shall I Draw Near?
  249. Whether the Word Be Preached or Read
  250. What Are These Arrayed in White?
  251. With Glorious Clouds Encompassed Round
  252. With Solemn Faith We Offer Up
  253. Woe to the Men on Earth Who Dwell
  254. Worship, and Thanks, and Blessing
  255. Would Jesus Have the Sinner Die?
  256. Ye Heavenly Choir
  257. Ye Neighbors and Friends of Jesus
  258. Ye Ransomed Sinners, Hear
  259. Ye Servants of God
  260. Ye Simple Men of Hearts Sincere
  261. Ye That Pass By, Behold the Man
  262. Ye Thirsty for God
  263. Ye Virgin Souls, Arise
  264. Ye Waiting Souls, Arise
  265. Young Men and Maidens, Raise