Charles Wesley

God buries his workmen, but carries on his work.

Charles Wesley (18 December 170729 March 1788) was a leader of the Methodist movement, the younger brother of John Wesley. Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained. Charles Wesley is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote.

QuotesEdit

  • God buries his workmen, but carries on his work.
    • As quoted in Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (1889). This appears with two quotes of John Wesley on the monument to both men in Westminster Abbey, and is commonly attributed to John.

Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739)Edit

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home
  • Come, Desire of nations, come,
    Fix in us thy humble home
    ;
    Rise, the woman's conquering Seed,
    Bruise in us the serpent's head.
    Adam's likeness, Lord, efface;
    Stamp thine image in its place.
    Second Adam from above,
    Reinstate us in thy love.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    "Glory to the new born King!"
    • "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
  • Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

    Light and life to all he brings,
    Risen with healing in his wings.
    Mild he lays his glory by,
    Born that man no more may die,
    Born to raise the sons of earth,
    Born to give us second birth.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    "Glory to the new born King!"
    • "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)Edit

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • Depth of mercy! — can there be
    Mercy still reserved for me?
    Can my God His wrath forbear?
    Me, the chief of sinners, spare?
    • P. 273.
  • One family — we dwell in Him,
    One church above, beneath,
    Though now divided by the stream,
    The narrow stream of death.
    • P. 150.
  • Other refuge have I none;
    Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
    Leave, ah, leave me not alone,
    Still support and comfort me!
    All my trust on Thee is stayed,
    All my help from Thee I bring;
    Cover my defenseless head
    With the shadow of Thy wing.
    • P. 591.


DisputedEdit

  • Why should the Devil have all the best tunes?
    • Attributed to Wesley in America Over the Water (2004) by Shirley Collins, p. 113, it is earlier attributed to his brother John, in The English Poets: Addison to Blake (1880) by Thomas Humphry Ward, and even earlier to George Whitefield, in The Monthly Review, or, Literary Journal, Vol. 49 (June 1773 - January 1774), p. 430; this has also been reported as a remark made by Rowland Hill, when he arranged an Easter hymn to the tune of "Pretty, Pretty Polly Hopkins, in The Rambler, Vol. 9 (1858), p. 191; as well as to William Booth, who popularized it as an addage in promoting The Salvation Army.

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