Tag Archives: Charles Wesley

‘O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Turn up the volume on this one–O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. And read the lyrics: Wesley’s lyrics are always teaching, always bringing out treasure from the Scriptures.

Antidote to the News: ‘Light of the World’

By the time Saturday morning rolls around, the news of this dark and evil age feels to me like a bad sunburn. Every time you move, it hurts. You can’t bear to put your shirt on.

This hymn reveals the antidote: Jesus Christ. Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, has become one of my all-time favorite hymns, and I hope you like it, too. Jesus is that light, the true light, that lighteth every man who cometh into the world (John 1): the light the darkness cannot comprehend.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (Encore)

The author of this hymn, William Willams, has been called “the Welsh Charles Wesley”–and we have it for you in Welsh as well as English. You may know it from your hymnals as Cwm Rhondda. I mean those old hymnals that were actually bound and printed.

‘Light of the World’ (if you don’t mind)

Before I wade out into dirty waters, I hope none of you mind if I play Light of the World again: words by Charles Wesley, music by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, content by the Holy Spirit.

Christ Out Lord shall set His throne upon the earth.

‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, by Charles Wesley: an 18th-century hymn with a solid Biblical message. Just listen to the lyrics (“Finish, then, thy new creation…”). Beautifully and soothingly performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise’

Let’s start the day with a hymn by Charles Wesley, Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise, also known as “The Ascension Hymn.” This, stated in music, is what we believe. Jesus Christ is risen; Christ is our salvation.

I wish I knew who was performing this, so I could give due credit.

Again, ‘Light of the World’

The only excuse I have for posting this hymn again is that I love it, and it deeply moves me–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Like so many of Wesley’s hymns, it’s a prayer set to music. And it tells us, “God is nigh.”

‘Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove’

So many of Charles Wesley’s hymns were like righteous prayers set to music, desirous not of personal gain, but of truly loving and serving Our Lord Jesus Christ. Follow the lyrics of this one, Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove, and see what I mean. Presented by The Hymn Club.

‘O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing’ (Charles Wesley)

I wish I knew who was singing this, so I could give them credit: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. Listen, and follow the lyrics: this is much of the New Testament, set to music. Let it fortify our spirits for the day.

‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul’

This is from the Hymn Club’s “Redemption Hymnal”–Jesus, Lover of My Soul by Charles Wesley. The youtube page doesn’t say who performs it, but to me it sounds like Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Wesley’s hymns poured out love to Jesus Christ, and taught their hearers, and their singers, even as they were sung.

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