Charles Wesley

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was the Englishman who wrote the Christmas carol, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

Like his brother John Wesley, he was educated at Oxford and was ordained in the Church of England; While known as a Methodist preacher, he remained closer to the Anglican Church than his brother who is considered the founder of Methodism.

He is considered by many to be the greatest writer of hymns England has produced. His hymns are not restricted to Methodist (and now Uniting) services but are contained in the Anglican hymnody and are part of the devotion in other Christian denominations.

He travelled to the colony of Georgia as secretary to its founder, James Oglethorpe, but returned after being disappointed in an attempt to minister to Indians. He returned to England to preach in a way that began the Great Awakening Revival.

He wrote"Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Glory to the new-born King, Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th' angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem."

See also

John Wesley