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Jesus, Lover of My Soul

cffblog6.jpgJune 25, 2017 (Sunday)

Our hymn today is "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." The author is Charles Wesley. It is dated 1740, and has been published in 2697 hymnals.

Charles Wesley, the son of Samuel Wesley, was born at Epworth, Dec. 18, 1707. He was educated at Westminster School and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. In 1735, he took Orders and immediately proceeded with his brother John to Georgia, both being employed as missionaries of the S.P.G. He returned to England in 1736. For many years he engaged with his brother in preaching the Gospel. He died March 29, 1788. To Charles Wesley has been justly assigned the appellation of the "Bard of Methodism." His prominence in hymn writing may be judged from the fact that in the "Wesleyan Hymn Book," 623 of the 770 hymns were written by him; and he published more than thirty poetical works, written either by himself alone, or in conjunction with his brother. The number of his separate hymns is at least five thousand. Click here to see six verses of this hymn.

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The video below offers an additional verse as a third verse of four verses.
The baby's song in the background is a charming echo of our regular church services.

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