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  • Author: John Wesley
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John Wesley

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Collection of 1026 Hymns by John Wesley

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1. For many years I have been importuned to publish such a hymn-book as might be generally used in all our congregations throughout Great Britain and Ireland. I have hitherto withstood the importunity, as I believed such a publication was needless, considering the various hymn-books which my brother and I have published within these forty years last past; so that it may be doubted whether any religious community in the world has a greater variety of them.

2. But it has been answered, "Such a publication is highly needful upon this very account: for the greater part of the people, being poor, are not able to purchase so many books; and those that have purchased them are, as it were, bewildered in the immense variety. A proper Collection of hymns for general use, carefully made out of all these books, is therefore still wanting; and one comprised in so moderate a compass, as to be neither cumbersome nor expensive."

3. It has been replied, "You have such a Collection already, (entitled 'Hymns and Spiritual Songs') which I extracted several years ago from a variety of hymn-books." But it is objected, "This is in the other extreme: it is far too small. It does not, it cannot, in so narrow a compass, contain variety enough; not so much as we want, among whom singing makes so considerable a part of the public service. What we want is, a Collection not too large, that it may be cheap and portable; nor too small, that it may contain a sufficient variety for all ordinary occasions."

4. Such a Hymn-Book you have now before you. It is not so large as to be either cumbersome or expensive; and it is large enough to contain such a variety of hymns as will not soon be worn threadbare. It is large enough to contain all the important truths of our most holy religion, whether speculative or practical; yea, to illustrate them all and to prove them both by Scripture and reason; and this is done in a regular order. The hymns are not carelessly jumbled together, but carefully ranged under proper heads, according to the experience of real Christians. So that this book is, in effect, a little body of experimental and practical divinity.

Table of Contents

Part I. Containing Introductory Hymns

Section I.

Exhorting Sinners To Return To God 1

Ii. Describing,

1. The Pleasantness Of Religion 12

2. The Goodness Of God 22

3. Death 41

4. Judgment 54

5. Heaven 67

6. Hell 80

Iii. Praying For A Blessing 81

Part Ii. Convincing

Section I.

Describing Formal Religion 91

Ii. Inward Religion 95

Part Iii.

Section I.

Praying For Repentance 99

Ii. For Mourners Convinced Of Sin 108

Iii. For Persons Convinced Of Backsliding 168

Iv. For Backsliders Recovered 182

Part Iv. For Believers

Section I.

For Believers Rejoicing 189

Ii. Fighting 265

Iii. Praying 291

Iv. Watching 305

V. Working 321

Vi. Suffering 329

Vii. Seeking For Full Redemption 340

Viii. Saved 418

Ix. Interceding For The World 441

Part V.

Section I.

For The Society Meeting 478

Ii. Giving Thanks 488

Iii. Praying 501

Iv. Parting 533


Section I.

Select Psalms, I. To Cl. 540

Section Ii.

Hymns Of Adoration 642

Section Iii. The Lord Jesus Christ.

His Person, Offices. And Work 665

His Incarnation, Life, And Works 683

His Sufferings And Death 699

His Resurrection 712

His Ascension 719

His Kingdom 727

Section Iv. The Holy Spirit.

His Person, Work, And Officcs 750

Section V.

Penitential Hymns 772

Section Vi. The Experience And Privileges Of Believers.

Rejoicing 800

Praying 815

Watching 828

Suffering 831

Working 858

Section Vii. Christian Ordinances And Institutions.

Worship 859

The Ministry, And Prayers For Ministers 868

The Scriptures, And Prayers Before Reading Them 879

Baptism, And Prayers For Children And Parents 888

The Lord's Supper 897

For Covenant Services 909

Section Viii. Death And The Future Life.

Death 913

Resurrection 927

The Last Judgment 932

Heaven 938

Section Ix. Various Seasons And Occasions.

The Lord's Day 950

Morning 955

Evening 961

Morning Hymn 963

Evening Hymn 967

Saturday Evening 975

The Watch Night 976

New Year's Day 978

For The King 985

In Time Of Pestilence 986

Harvest Home 987

Laying The Foundation Of A Chapel 989

Opening A Chapel 994

For A Wedding 995

Family Religion 997

After A Journey 998

Going On Shipboard, Prayers For Travellers 999

Benedictions 1005

Graces Before And After Meat 1009

About John Wesley

The Wesley family was made famous by the two brothers, John and Charles, who worked together in the rise of Methodism in the British Isles during the 18th century. They were among the ten children surviving infancy born to Samuel Wesley (1662 - 1735), Anglican rector of Epworth, Lincolnshire, and Susanna Annesley Wesley, daughter of Samuel Annesley, a dissenting minister.

John Wesley was born June 28, 1703, died Mar. 2, 1791, and was the principal founder of the Methodist movement. His mother was important in his emotional and educational development. John's education continued at Charterhouse School and at Oxford, where he studied at Christ Church and was elected (1726) fellow of Lincoln College. He was ordained in 1728.

After a brief absence (1727 - 29) to help his father at Epworth, John returned to Oxford to discover that his brother Charles had founded a Holy Club composed of young men interested in spiritual growth.

John quickly became a leading participant of this group, which was dubbed the Methodists. His Oxford days introduced him not only to the rich tradition of classical literature and philosophy but also to spiritual classics like Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ, Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living and Dying, and William Law's Serious Call.

In 1735 both Wesleys accompanied James Oglethorpe to the new colony of Georgia, where John's attempts to apply his then high-church views aroused hostility. Discouraged, he returned (1737) to England; he was rescued from this discouragement by the influence of the Moravian preacher Peter Boehler. At a small religious meeting in Aldersgate Street, London, on May 24, 1738, John Wesley had an experience in which his "heart was strangely warmed." After this spiritual conversion, which centered on the realization of salvation by faith in Christ alone, he devoted his life to evangelism. Beginning in 1739 he established Methodist societies throughout the country. He traveled and preached constantly, especially in the London-Bristol-Newcastle triangle, with frequent forays into Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. He encountered much opposition and persecution, which later subsided.

Late in life Wesley married Mary Vazeille, a widow. He continued throughout his life a regimen of personal discipline and ordered living. He died at 88, still preaching, still traveling, and still a clergyman of the Church of England. In 1784, however, he had given the Methodist societies a legal constitution, and in the same year he ordained Thomas Coke for ministry in the United States; this action signaled an independent course for Methodism.

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