Hymns celebrated on Charles Wesley's 300th anniversary

Hark the Herald
Hymn writer Charles Wesley, the younger and less celebrated of two brothers whose work led to the forming of the Methodist Church, is being honored at a London exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of his birth in December.

“Hark the Herald: The Life and Music of Charles Wesley,” is a special display in the permanent museum crypt of the church, known as Wesley’s Chapel, built in 1778 by his brother John.

The exhibition presents Charles’s work as evangelist, poet and musician. Running until December 24, it features letters, 18th-century hymnbooks and memorabilia drawn from his life, including his Oxford University days and his stay in the U.S. state of Georgia.

Wesley’s hymns, which became popular in many Protestant churches, include the much-sung “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” and “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” He wrote more than 6,000 hymns.


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