Tag Archives: Charles Wesley

‘Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown’

Here’s a Charles Wesley hymn I haven’t heard before: Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

For newcomers to this blog, we like to start each blogging day with a hymn, and we take requests. So if you have a favorite hymn or worship song you’d like to see posted here, just let us know.

Ah! ‘Light of the World’

Okay, there’s nobody out there cursing or fighting just now, the cats are fed, and now let our souls be lit by Jesus Christ Our Lord, the Light of the World–the true Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9). This is the Light the darkness can’t put out–not even the darkness of this evil age.

Written by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘And Can It Be’

Today’s hymn, And Can It Be, by Charles Wesley, is performed in its original 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

“And can it be that I should gain/ An interest in the Savior’s blood?


‘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.”

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