Hy. 57. "Who shall say how bread and wine
God into man conveys:
How the bread His flesh imparts,
How the wine transmits his blood ?"
Hy. 65. Now on the sacred table laid,
Thy flesh becomes our food."
Hy. 77. "Taste Thee in the broken Bread
Drink Thee in the mystic wine."
Hy. Si. "We come with confidence to find
Thy real presence here."
Hy. 116. ' To every faithful soul appear
And show Thy real presence here."
Hy. 124. "Yet may we celebrate below
And daily thus Thine offering show
Exposed before Thy Father's eyes
In this tremendous mystery,
Present Thee bleeding on the tree
Our Everlasting sacrifice."
It is worthy of remark, that Charles Wesley, in his "Journals," makes no mention of the publica¬
tion of this volume of hymns during the year 1745, but from February to July ot that year, he makes
special mention of about a dozen Sacramental Services, which are desciibed as occasions of much
blessing to himself and to others, and during the octave of Easter to be communicated every day. The
latter halt of the year, the subject is scarcely mentioned. It seems probable, therefore, that the book
was passing through the press during the months when he was so much under Sacramental influence
and power. In justice to C. Wesley, it should be recorded, that the "real presence" is not alluded to in
any of the six thousands hymns he wrote, apart from this 1745 book,'nor did he ever allude to it in his
pulpit discourses. In his "journals," be names many instances of his baptizing adult persons, but the
subject of Holy Baptism does not seem to have inspired his muse, except in "God of eternal truth and
love," in the "Hymns for the u^e of families," 1767, and one or two others. Thisis the more noticeable
when it is considered how strict he was generally in observing the oidinancesof the Church.
9. The year 1746 was a remarkable one for the variety of subjects which occupied Charles Wesley's
poetic mind; no less than nine separate tracts of hymns were issued during that 3ear, including
Hymns for Times of Trouble," "Hymns and Prayers for Children," "On the Trinity," "On the Great
Festivals," 'Of Petition and Thanksgiving for the Promise of the Father," "For Our Lord's Resurrec¬
tion," "For Ascension Day," "Graces before and after Meat," and for the Public Thanksgiving in Octo¬
ber of that year. These introduced 154 new compositions, of which only 12 found their way into the
Wesley Hymn Book of 17,80. The Festival Hymns had Lampe's Tunes issued with them, which in¬
sured for them a long term of popularity.
10. Only one new work was issued in 1747, "Hymns for those that seek and those that have Re¬
demption in the Blood of Jesus Christ," containing 72 pages and 52 new hymns, 25 of which were
placed in the 1780 book.
11. In 1748, C. Wesley wrote a number of hymns on Marriage, the subject being then uppermost
in his mind, but they were not then printed. He was married in the spring of 1749, and when the ar¬
rangements were made with his brother respectii g a stipend, the question ot house-furnishing was,
not considered, lomeet the emergency, C. Wesley gathered up all his unpublished compositions,
and, without consulting his brother John, issued them in two volumes. The work was sold by sub¬
scription through the preachers, was a great success, and fully accomplished the object contemplated.
Those volumes extended to 668 pages, with 455 new hymns, with the old title, "Hymns and Sacred
Poems." In that work will be found the largest number of the author's best hymns, and it has yielded
143 compositions to the 1780 book.
12. In 1750 only two hymn tracts appeared, "Hymns for New Year's Day" and "Hymns Occa¬
sioned by the Earthquake, March Sth." The first contained 7 new hymns, one of which has been in
use in Methodist Services once at least every year since it appeared, viz., the hymn sung at the close
of every watch-night Service, commercing "Come let us anew, our journey pursue." The 2 hymns se¬
lected from the "Earthquake" Tract ("Woe to the men on earth who dwell," and "By faith we find the
place ahove") are said to be amongst the boldest of the poet's theological conceptions. In 1753 ap¬
peared "Hymns and Spiritual Songs intended for the use of Real Christians." This was followed in
1756 by an enlarged edition of the "Earthquake" Hymns, with 22 hymns and Hymns for the Year 1756,.
particularly for the Fast Day, Feb. 6th, with 17 new hymns, of which 57 are in the 1780 Book.
13. In 1758 was issued "Hymns of Intercession for All Mankind," but being without author's
name, the popular judgment hymu given therein, "Loi he comes with clouds descending" (p. 681,
i.), was for nearly a century, attributed to Martin Madan. Ihis tract has 34 pages and 40 new
hymns, of which 8 are in the 1780 book.
14. Three new works were issued in 1759, namely, "Funeral Hys"., enlarged to 70 pages, with 43.
new hymns; " Hymns for the Expected Invasion," with 8 new hymns; and "Hymns to be used on
the Thanksgiving Day, November 29," and after it, 24 pages, with 15 new hymns.
15. In 1761, appeared a volume of 144 pages and 134 hymns.with the title, "Hymns for those to whom,
Christ is All in All." This was a selection intended for popular use; it reached a 3rd ed. During the