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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Charles Wesley in text and pdf format. Was an English hymn writer, poet, and preacher who wrote over 5,500 hymns including And Can It Be That I Should Gain?, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. A leader of the Methodist movement with his brother John Wesley.

Wesley's conversion had a clear impact on his doctrine, especially the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The change in doctrine can be seen in his sermons after 1738, but is most notable in his hymns written after 1738. From Charles published work “Hymns and Prayers to the Trinity” and in Hymn number 62 he writes “The Holy Ghost in part we know, For with us He resides, Our whole of good to Him we owe, Whom by His grace he guides, He doth our virtuous thoughts inspire, The evil he averts, And every seed of good desire, He planted in our hearts.”

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"I THE good fight have fought," O when shall I declare!
      1"I THE good fight have fought," O when shall I declare! The victory by my Saviour got I long with Paul to share. O may I triumph so, When all my warfare's past! And, dying, find my latest foe Under my feet at last. 2This blessed word be mine, Just as ... read more

A Charge to Keep I Have
      1. A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky. 2. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage to do my Master's will! 3. Arm me with jealous care, ... read more

A CHARGE to keep I have, A God to glorify
      1A CHARGE to keep I have, A God to glorify, A never-dying soul to save, And fit it for the sky; To serve the present age, My calling to fulfil: O may it all my powers engage To do my Master's will! 2Arm me with jealous care, As in thy sight to live; An ... read more

A NATION God delights to bless
      1A NATION God delights to bless, Can all our raging foes distress, Or hurt whom they surround Hid from the general scourge we are, Nor see the bloody waste of war, Nor hear the trumpet's sound. 2O might we, Lord! the grace improve, By labouring for the ... read more

A THOUSAND oracles divine Their common beams unite
      1A THOUSAND oracles divine Their common beams unite, That sinners may with angels join To worship God aright; To praise a Trinity adored By all the hosts above, And one thrice-holy God and Lord Through endless ages love. 2Triumphant host! they never ce ... read more

ABRAHAM, when severely tried, His faith by his obedience showed
      1ABRAHAM, when severely tried, His faith by his obedience showed, He with the harsh command complied, And gave his Isaac back to God. 2His son the father offered np, Son of his age, his only son, Object of all his joy and hope, And less beloved than Go ... read more

ADAM descended from above, Federal Head of all mankind
      1ADAM descended from above, Federal Head of all mankind, The covenant of redeeming love In thee let every sinner find. 2Its Surety, thou alone hast paid The debt we to thy Father owed; For the whole world atonement made. And sealed the pardon with thy ... read more

AFFLICTED by a gracious God, The stroke I patiently sustain
      1AFFLICTED by a gracious God, The stroke I patiently sustain, Grievous to feeble flesh and blood; Unable to rejoice in pain, Beneath my Father's hand I bow, And groan to feel his chastening now. 2But when he hath my patience proved, And sees me to his ... read more

AFTER all that I have done, Saviour
      1AFTER all that I have done, Saviour, art thou pacified Whither shall my vileness run Hide me, earth, the sinner hide! Let me sink into the dust, Full of holy shame, adore! Jesus Christ, the good, the just, Bids me go, and sin no more. 2O confirm the g ... read more

AGAIN we lift our voice, And shout our solemn joys
      1AGAIN we lift our voice, And shout our solemn joys; Cause of highest raptures this, Raptures that shall never fail, See a soul escaped to bliss, Keep the Christian festival! 2Our friend is gone before To that celestial shore; He hath left his mates be ... read more

AH Lord, with trembling I confess, A gracious soul may fall from grace
      1AH Lord, with trembling I confess, A gracious soul may fall from grace; The salt may lose its seasoning power, And never, never, find it more. 2Lest that my fearful case should be, Each moment knit my soul to thee; And lead me to the mount above, Thro ... read more

AH whither should I go, Burdened, and sick, and faint
      1AH whither should I go, Burdened, and sick, and faint To whom should I my troubles show, And pour out my complaint My Saviour bids me come, Ah! why do I delay He calls the weary sinner home, And yet from him I stay! 2What is it keeps me back, From whi ... read more

AH, when shall I awake From sin's soft-soothing power
      1AH, when shall I awake From sin's soft-soothing power, The slumber from my spirit shake, And rise to fall no more! Awake, no more to sleep, But stand with constant care, Looking for God my soul to keep, And watching unto prayer! 2O could I always pray ... read more

ALL glory to God in the sky, And peace upon earth be restored!
      1ALL glory to God in the sky, And peace upon earth be restored! O Jesus, exalted on high, Appear our omnipotent Lord! Who, meanly in Bethlehem born, Didst stoop to redeem a lost race, Once more to thy creatures return, And reign in thy kingdom of grace. ... read more

ALL glory to our gracious Lord! His love be by his church adored
      1ALL glory to our gracious Lord! His love be by his church adored, His love eternally the same! His love let Aaron's sons confess, His free and everlasting grace Let all that fear the Lord proclaim. 2The Lord I now can say is mine, And, confident in st ... read more

ALL hail the power of Jesu's name; Let angels prostrate fall
      1ALL hail the power of Jesu's name; Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem To crown him Lord of all. 2Crown him, ye morning stars of light, Who launched this floating ball; Now hail the Strength of Israel's might, And crown him Lord of ... read more

ALL people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice
      1ALL people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice: Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell; Come ye before him and rejoice. 2The Lord, ye know, is God indeed; Without our aid he did us make; We are his flock, he doth us feed; ... read more

ALL praise to our redeeming Lord
      1ALL praise to our redeeming Lord, Who joins us by his grace, And bids us, each to each restored, Together seek his face. 2He bids us build each other up; And, gathered into one, To our high calling's glorious hope We hand in hand go on. 3The gift w ... read more

ALL thanks be to God, Who scatters abroad
      1ALL thanks be to God, Who scatters abroad, Throughout every place, By the least of his servants, his savour of grace! Who the victory gave, The praise let him have, For the work he hath done: All honour and glory to Jesus alone! 2Our conquering Lord H ... read more

ALL thanks to the Lamb
      1ALL thanks to the Lamb, Who gives us to meet! His love we proclaim, His praises repeat; We own him our Jesus, Continually near To pardon and bless us, And perfect us here. 2In him we have peace, In him we have power, Preserved by his grace Throughout ... read more

ALL that pass by
      1ALL that pass by, To Jesus draw near, He utters a cry, Ye sinners, give ear! From hell to retrieve you He spreads out his hands; Now, now to receive you, He graciously stands. 2If any man thirst, And happy would be, The vilest and worst May come unto ... read more

All things are possible to him That can in Jesu's name believe
      1All things are possible to him That can in Jesu's name believe: Lord, I no more thy truth blaspheme, Thy truth I lovingly receive; I can, I do believe in thee, All things are possible to me. 2The most impossible of all Is, that I e'er from sin should ... read more

ALMIGHTY God of love, Set up the attracting sign
      1ALMIGHTY God of love, Set up the attracting sign, And summon whom thou dost approve For messengers divine; From favoured Abraham's seed The new apostles choose, In isles and continents to spread The dead-reviving news. 2Them, snatched out of the flame ... read more

ALMIGHTY Maker of my frame, Teach me the measure of my days
      1ALMIGHTY Maker of my frame, Teach me the measure of my days, Teach me to know how frail I am, And spend the remnant to thy praise. 2My days are shorter than a span; A little point my life appears: How frail, at best, is dying man! How vain are all his ... read more

AND am I born to die
      1AND am I born to die To lay this body down And must my trembling spirit fly Into a world unknown-A land of deepest shade, Unpierced by human thought, The dreary regions of the dead, Where all things are forgot 2Soon as from earth I go, What will becom ... read more

AND am I only born to die
      1AND am I only born to die And must I suddenly comply With nature's stern decree What after death for me remains Celestial joys, or hellish pains, To all eternity 2How then ought I on earth to live, While God prolongs the kind reprieve And props the ho ... read more

And Are We Yet Alive
      1. And are we yet alive, and see each other's face? Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace! 2. Preserved by power divine to full salvation here, again in Jesus' praise we join, and in his sight appear. 3. What t ... read more

AND are we yet alive, And see each other's face Glory
      1AND are we yet alive, And see each other's face Glory and praise to Jesus give For his redeeming grace! Preserved by power divine To full salvation here, Again in Jesu's praise we join, And in his sight appear. 2What troubles have we seen, What confli ... read more

And Can It Be that I Should Gain
      1. And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior's blood! Died he for me? who caused his pain! For me? who him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be t ... read more

AND can it be, that I should gain An interest in the Saviour's blood
      1AND can it be, that I should gain An interest in the Saviour's blood` Died he for me, who caused his pain For me, who him to death pursued Amazing love! how can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me 2'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies! Who can ... read more

AND let our bodies part, To different climes repair! Inseparably joined in heart
      1AND let our bodies part, To different climes repair! Inseparably joined in heart The friends of Jesus are! Jesus, the corner-stone, Did first our hearts unite, And still he keeps our spirits one, Who walk with him in white. 2O let us still proceed In ... read more

ANGELS your march oppose, Who still in strength excel
      1ANGELS your march oppose, Who still in strength excel, Your secret, sworn, eternal foes, Countless, invisible. With rage that never ends Their hellish arts they try; Legions of dire malicious fiends, And spirits enthroned on high. 2On earth the usurpe ... read more

APPOINTED by thee, We meet in thy name
      1APPOINTED by thee, We meet in thy name, And meekly agree To follow the Lamb, To trace thy example, The world to disdain, And constantly trample On pleasure and pain. 2Rejoicing, in hope, we humbly go on, And daily take up The pledge of our crown; In d ... read more

ARE there not in the labourer's day Twelve hours
      1ARE there not in the labourer's day Twelve hours, in which he safely may His calling's work pursue Though sin and Satan still are near, Nor sin nor Satan can I fear, With Jesus in my view. 2Not all the powers of hell can fright A soul that walks with ... read more

ARISE, my soul, arise, Shake off thy guilty fears
      1ARISE, my soul, arise, Shake off thy guilty fears; The bleeding sacrifice In my behalf appears; Before the throne thy Surety stands; My name is written on his hands. 2He ever lives above, For me to intercede, His all-redeeming love, His precious blood ... read more

ARISE, my soul, arise, Thy Saviour's sacrifice!
      1ARISE, my soul, arise, Thy Saviour's sacrifice! All the names that love could find, All the forms that love could take, Jesus in himself hath joined, Thee, my soul, his own to make. 2Equal with God most high, He laid his glory by; He, the eternal God, ... read more

ARM of the Lord, awake, awake!
      1ARM of the Lord, awake, awake! The terrors of the Lord display; Out of their sins the nations shake, Tear their vain confidence away; Conclude them all in unbelief, And fill their hearts with sacred grief. 2Of judgment now the world convince, The end ... read more

Arm of the Lord, awake, awake! Thine own immortal strength put on!
      1Arm of the Lord, awake, awake! Thine own immortal strength put on! With terror clothed, hell's kingdom shake, And cast thy foes with fury down! 2As in the ancient days appear! The sacred annals speak thy fame: Be now omnipotently near, To endless ages ... read more

As pants the hart for cooling streams
      1As pants the hart for cooling streams, When heated in the chase, So longs my soul, O God, for thee, And thy refreshing grace. 2For thee, my God, the living God, My thirsty soul doth pine; O when shall I behold thy face, Thou Majesty divine! 3God of ... read more

AUTHOR of faith, eternal Word
      1AUTHOR of faith, eternal Word, Whose Spirit breathes the active flame: Faith, like its Finisher and Lord, To-day as yesterday the same; 2To thee our humble hearts aspire, And ask the gift unspeakable; Increase in us the kindled fire, In us the work of ... read more

AUTHOR of faith, to thee I cry
      1AUTHOR of faith, to thee I cry, To thee, who wouldst not have me die, But know the truth and live; Open mine eyes to see thy face, Work in my heart the saving grace, The life eternal give. 2Shut up in unbelief I groan, And blindly serve a God unknown, ... read more

AUTHOR of faith, we seek thy face For all who feel thy work begun
      1AUTHOR of faith, we seek thy face For all who feel thy work begun; Confirm and strengthen them in grace, And bring thy feeblest children on. 2Thou seest their wants, thou know'st their names, Be mindful of thy youngest care; Be tender of thy new-born ... read more

AWAKE, THOU THAT SLEEPEST
      PREACHED ON SUNDAY APRIL 4, 1742, BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, BY THE REV. CHARLES WESLEY, M.A. STUDENT OF CHRIST-CHURCH "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Eph. 5:14. In discoursing on these ... read more

AWAY with our fears! The glad morning appears
      1AWAY with our fears! The glad morning appears When an heir of salvation was born! From Jehovah I came, For his glory I am, And to him I with singing return. 2Thee, Jesus, alone, The fountain I own Of my life and felicity here; And cheerfully sing My R ... read more

AWAY with our sorrow and fear! We soon shall recover our home
      1AWAY with our sorrow and fear! We soon shall recover our home, The City of saints shall appear, The day of eternity come: From earth we shall quickly remove, And mount to our native abode, The house of our Father above, The palace of angels and God. 2 ... read more

BE it according to thy word; This moment let it be!
      1BE it according to thy word; This moment let it be! O that I now, my gracious Lord, Might lose my life for thee! 2Now, Jesus, let thy powerful death Into my being come; Slay the old Adam with thy breath; The man of sin consume. 3My old affections m ... read more

BE it my only wisdom here To serve the Lord with filial fear
      1BE it my only wisdom here To serve the Lord with filial fear, With loving gratitude; Superior sense may I display, By shunning every evil way, And walking in the good. 2O may I still from sin depart!. A wise and understanding heart, Jesus, to me be gi ... read more

BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne, Ye nations, bow with sacred joy
      1BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne, Ye nations, bow with sacred joy; Know that the Lord is God alone; He can create, and he destroy. 2His sovereign power, without our aid, Made us of clay, and formed us men; And when like wandering sheep we strayed, He bro ... read more

BEGIN, my soul, some heavenly theme
      1BEGIN, my soul, some heavenly theme; Awake, my voice, and sing The mighty works, or mightier name, Of our eternal King. 2Tell of his wondrous faithfulness, And sound his power abroad; Sing the sweet promise of his grace, And the performing God. 3Pr ... read more

BEHOLD the Saviour of mankind
      1BEHOLD the Saviour of mankind Nailed to the shameful tree! How vast the love that him inclined To bleed and die for thee! 2Hark, how he groans! while nature shakes, And earth's strong pillars bend; The temple's veil in sunder breaks, The solid marbles ... read more

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