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By Charles Wesley

ISBN-10: 0195039599

ISBN-13: 9780195039597

Charles Wesley, maybe most sensible identified for his hymns, "Hark! the bring in Angels Sing" and "Jesus Lover of My Soul," used to be the more youthful brother of John Wesley and the co-founder and poet-laureate of Methodism. even though he used to be an immense determine within the background of Protestantism, Wesley's own existence used to be shrouded through a cloak of silence and lots more and plenty of his paintings went unpublished. during this illuminating reader, John Tyson has accrued hymns, sermons, letters, and magazine material--many infrequent and hitherto unknown--to chronicle the existence and works of Wesley in his personal phrases. Tyson offers an intensive biographical-theological creation, and vitamins Wesley's accrued works with interpretative and introductory notes, making a definitive account of Wesley's personality and contribution to the Methodist historical past.

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20 The Classics Charles Wesley's hymns were written during a literary renaissance that was determined to recover the poetical riches of the old Augustan age. James Johnson, who has written one of the standard treatments of the literature of the period, has identified the application of classical forms, philology, and resources as leading factors in the "neoclassicism" of the English eighteenth century. 21 An obvious indication of this renaissance of classical study can be found in the extensive 32 CHARLES WESLEY reprinting of the important books from antiquity.

24 An anecdote shows how close to the surface Charles's classicism lay: tradition suggests he once defended himself against the abuse of that virago, his brother's wife, by reciting Vergil at the top of his voice. 25 His hymnological echoes of classical poetry were certainly not orchestrated applications; they flowed naturally from the mind and pen of a man who was himself a student of antiquity. Yet this classicism did not dominate or weigh down Wesley's verse; he used classical phrases and etymology sparingly, like rare spices that added a pleasant flavor to colloquial forms.

40 In fact it is not unusual to find over a dozen biblical passages fused together in one of Charles's verses. Charles's favorite description for the Bible was "the oracles," a designation which emphasized the revelatory impact that Charles felt in the Scriptures. " 43 While Charles had an unambiguous confidence in the accuracy of the biblical record, his doctrine of Scripture had its basis in the connection between the Word and Spirit of God. For him the Bible was the enlivened Word because of the way God's Spirit bears witness to the Incarnate Word through the vehicle of the written Word; the Spirit of Christ—more often than the Bible per se—was said to be infallible in the revelatory event.

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