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The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, vol. 1
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The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, vol. 1

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Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office 1868

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The poetical publications of John Wesley and Charles Wesley originally appeared at various intervals during a span of 53 years. George Osborn has collected, arranged, and provided notes for all of these important poems and hymns. Many of these works, especially those of Charles Wesley’s (whose work makes up the bulk of this collection), were never before published or published anonymously. Charles Wesley was the author of more than 6,000 hymns, and today, more than 500 hymns of John and Charles Wesley are in common use in various hymnals.

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Key Features

  • Provides a wide selection of the hymns written or published by this influential team of brothers
  • Contains material well suited for those interested in sacred song
  • Includes an introduction that thoughtfully examines the nature of the volume


  • Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739
  • Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1740
  • Index to the First Lines

Praise for the Print Edition

The Wesley poetry has stood the test of time, and is more in demand than it was 100 years ago. The volume is enriched by original notes, brief but illustrative; it is adorned with a beautiful portrait of the Rev. Charles Wesley, and it contains facsimiles of the old title-pages; which, together with the table of contents, the index, the headings to each poem and to every page, and the original prefaces and notes, give a completeness to the book we do not expect to see surpassed.

The London Quarterly Review

Product Details

  • Title: The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, vol. 1
  • Authors: John Wesley and Charles Wesley
  • Editor: George Osborn
  • Publisher: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office
  • Publication Date: 1868
  • Pages: 380

About the Editor

George Osborn (1808–1891) was a Methodist minister and a professor of divinity at Richmond College from 1868–1885. A noted expository preacher and a founding member of the Evangelical Alliance, Osborn also penned the two-volume Outlines of Wesleyan Bibliography.

About the Authors

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) and his brother, John Wesley, were the principle leaders of the Methodist movement. Son of Susanna Wesley and Samuel Wesley, Charles was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. He graduated with a master’s in classical languages and literature from Christ Church, Oxford, where he also formed the Oxford Holy Club. In 1735, Charles and his brother sailed to America where Charles served as chaplain to the garrison at Fort Fredrica. One year later he returned to England. Charles and his brother traveled Britain extensively, often preaching outdoors or in town halls. Although Charles and John never officially left the Church of England, the Methodist movement that they planted quickly spread across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and to colonial America. Today, over seventymillion people belong to Methodist organizations in the Wesleyan tradition all over the world.

Charles Wesley is best remembered by his hymns, having written over 6,000 of them. Many have become standard classics, and are still used today—including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” and “Soldiers of Christ, Arise.”

John Wesley (1703–1791) is recognized as the founder of Methodism. An acclaimed preacher, Wesley traveled extensively on horseback and drew large crowds for his outdoor sermons. A contemporary of William Wilberforce, Wesley was a strong voice opposing slavery in England and the United States. His influence upon modern Christianity can be seen by the large number of Methodist organizations in the Wesleyan tradition all over the world.

Wesley attended Christ Church College in Oxford where he was a member of the small group known as the “Holy Group,” which also included George Whitefield and Charles Wesley. Wesley spent some time in America as a missionary.

Wesley has published over 200 books, many of which can be found in the John Wesley Collection (28 vols.), including his Explanatory Notes upon the Old and New Testaments, as well as essays, sermons, and more.