17 June 1703–2 March 1791
18 December 1707–29 March 1788
Collections of Hymns:
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 Osborn’s 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Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, 3 vols., ed.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: https://doi.org/10.7227/BJRL.88.2.8
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).
Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1870).
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
S.T. Kimbrough, A Heart to Praise My God: Wesley Hymns for Today (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996).
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).
Paul S. Wagner, “John Wesley’s use of German hymn tunes,” The Hymn, vol. 57, no. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 27-38: HathiTrust
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
Joshua Felton, Methodism 101: Theology through Charles Wesley’s Hymns, dissertation (University of the South, 2017): Online
Find it on Amazon:
The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House:
The Wesley Historical Society:
The Charles Wesley Society:
Charles Wesley at Hymnary.org:
Charles Wesley at Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:
John Wesley at Hymnary.org:
John Wesley at Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: