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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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A Selection of Hymns

A Selection of Hymns

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Early Evangelicalism

Charles Wesley

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a selection of Charles Wesley's hymns, his main contribution to Methodism. Wesley composed roughly 6,000 to 9,000 hymns and sacred poems during his lifetime. These include “Hymn for Easter-Day” (“Christ the Lord is Risen Today”), “Free Grace” (“And Can It Be”), “For the Anniversary of One's Conversion” (“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”), and “Wrestling Jacob”. Originally published in the 1742 edition of Hymns and Sacred Poems, “Wrestling Jacob” is about the patriarch Jacob who wrestles with God for a blessing. Reading or singing “Wrestling Jacob” makes one feel the strain of the physical and emotion toll of struggling all night with God. The result is a vivid, first-hand picture of an Old Testament story in which the audience comes to realize that they are incapable of saving themselves from sin.

Keywords:   hymns, Methodism, Charles Wesley, sin, Old Testament, God

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