John Wesley (1703-1791)

& Charles Wesley (1707-1788)


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

Featured Hymns:

Christ the Lord is risen today
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 (1868-1872)

Volume 1: PDF
Volume 2: PDF
Volume 3: PDF
Volume 4: PDF
Volume 5: PDF
Volume 6: PDF
Volume 7: PDF
Volume 8: PDF
Volume 9: PDF
Volume 10: PDF
Volume 11: PDF
Volume 12: PDF
Volume 13: PDF

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).

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Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, 3 vols., ed.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.

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.

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

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

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): WorldCat

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Related Links:

The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House:

The Wesley Historical Society:

The Charles Wesley Society:

Charles Wesley at

Charles Wesley at Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

John Wesley at

John Wesley at Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: