John Wesley

17 June 1703–2 March 1791

Charles Wesley

18 December 1707–29 March 1788


John Wesley & Charles Wesley, Hymns Ancient & Modern, Historical Edition (1909).

Biography of John Wesley >
Biography of Charles Wesley >

Featured Hymns:

Christ the Lord is risen today
Come, thou long expected Jesus
Hail the day that sees Him rise
Hark! the herald angels sing
Sing we to our God above

Collections of Hymns:

List of hymn collections (1737-1785) >


Collected Works & Editions:

George Osborn, The Poetical Works of John & Charles Wesley, 13 vols. (1868-1872)

Note: See the assessment of this edition (and Rogal’s reprint) by Randy Maddox, here:

Samuel J. Rogal, A New and Critical Edition of George Osborns The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010-2013).

Frank Baker, Representative Verse of Charles Wesley (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1962).

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists, ed. Franz Hildebrandt & Oliver Beckerlegge, Vol. 7 in The Works of John Wesley, Frank Baker, Editor in Chief (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1983): Amazon

Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, 3 vols., ed. S.T. Kimbrough Jr. & Oliver A. Beckerlegge (Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1988-92): Amazon

Randy L. Maddox, editor
Duke Divinity School, The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition

Charles Wesley's Published Verse:

Charles Wesley’s Manuscript Verse:

John Wesley’s Poetry, Hymn, and Verse:

Facsimile reprints by the Charles Wesley Society (with additional commentary and notes):



Gareth Lloyd, “Charles Wesley manuscripts: a guide to provenance and location,” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 88, no. 2 (Autumn 2006), pp. 121-131:


Wesley Biography:

Thomas Coke & Henry Moore, The Life of the Rev. John Wesley (London: 1792): PDF

John Whitehead, An Account of the Life of the Rev. Charles Wesley (London: 1793): PDF

Thomas Jackson, The Life of the Rev. Charles Wesley (London: John Mason, 1841).

Volume 1: PDF
Volume 2: PDF

Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1870).

Volume 1: PDF (NY edition, 1872)
Volume 2: PDF
Volume 3: PDF

Kenneth J. Collins, A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000): WorldCat | Amazon

Stephen Tomkins, John Wesley: A Biography (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003): WorldCat | Amazon

Gary Best, Charles Wesley: A Biography (2006): WorldCat | Amazon

Gareth Lloyd, Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity (Oxford: University Press, 2007): WorldCat | Amazon

Kenneth Newport & Ted Campbell, eds. Charles Wesley: Life, Literature & Legacy (Peterborough: Epworth, 2007): WorldCat | Amazon

John R. Tyson, Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008): WorldCat | Amazon

Randy L. Maddox & Jason E. Vickers, eds., The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (Cambridge: University Press, 2010) WorldCat | Amazon

Timothy J. Crutcher, John Wesley: His Life and Thought (Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2005) WorldCat | Amazon


Wesley Hymnology:

Edwin Hatfield, “Charles Wesley,” Poets of the Church (NY, 1884), pp. 647-658: HathiTrust

Edwin Hatfield, “John Wesley,” Poets of the Church (NY, 1884), pp. 659-665: HathiTrust

John Julian & J.H. Overton, “The Wesley Family,” A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, 1892), pp. 1255-1266: Google Books

A.S. Gregory, “Moravian associations of Charles Wesley’s hymns,” HSGBI Bulletin (Spring 1958), pp. 135-139.

Norman Goldhawk, “Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists,” HSGBI Bulletin, vol. 9, no. 9 (Sept. 1980), pp. 170-175.

Nelson F. Adams, The Musical Sources for John Wesley’s Tunebooks: the Genealogy of 148 Tunes, dissertation (Union Theological Seminary, 1973).

Carlton R. Young, “John Wesley’s 1737 Charlestown Collection of Psalms and Hymns,” The Hymn, vol. 41, no. 4 (1990), pp. 19-27: HathiTrust

Carlton R. Young, Music of the Heart: John and Charles Wesley on Music and Musicians (Carol Stream, IL: Hope Pub., 1995): WorldCatAmazon

S.T. Kimbrough, A Heart to Praise My God: Wesley Hymns for Today (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996): Amazon

Steven Darsey, “John Wesley as hymn and tune editor,” The Hymn, vol. 47, no. 1 (Jan. 1996), pp. 17-24: HathiTrust

Daniel Stevick, The Altar’s Fire: Charles Wesley’s Hymns on the Lord’s Supper (Peterborough: Epworth, 2004): Amazon

Paul S. Wagner, “John Wesley’s use of German hymn tunes,” The Hymn, vol. 57, no. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 27-38: HathiTrust

John Lawson, A Thousand Tongues: The Wesley Hymns as a Guide to Scriptural Teaching (London: Paternoster, 2007): WorldCat | Amazon

Erika K.R. Hirsch, “The Foundery collection: An examination of the first distinctively Methodist tunebook,” The Hymn, vol. 60, no. 4 (Autumn 2009), pp. 32-40: HathiTrust

Nicholas Temperley & Stephen Banfield, eds. Music and the Wesleys (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2010): Amazon

Paul W. Chilcote, A Faith That Sings: Biblical Themes in the Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2016): WorldCat | Amazon

Joshua Felton, Methodism 101: Theology through Charles Wesley’s Hymns, dissertation (University of the South, 2017): Online

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Related Links:

The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House:

The Wesley Historical Society:

The Charles Wesley Society:

Charles Wesley,

Charles Wesley, Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

John Wesley,

John Wesley, Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: