same year, John Wesley issued a volume of "Select Hymns for the Use of Christians of all Denomi¬
nations," to which was added an admirable selection of " Tunes Auuext." This useful volume was
used at the Foundry ; a 2nd ed., corrected, was issued in 1765, a 3rd in 1770, and a 4th in 1773. In 1761
to encourage and improve the vocal part of Divine Service, John Wesley issued "Sacred Melody, or a'
Choice Collection of t'salm and Hymn Tunes;" another book of Tunes called "Sacred Harmony,"
and an abridged ed. of the latter.
16. One of Charles Wesley s largest contributions to the service of song in the Church appeared in
17^2, and was entitled "Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture," 2 vols., containing no
fewer than 2030 new compositions, out of which 99 were selected for the 17,80 book. '1 his work was
rigidly revised by the author ; and was republished in a somewhat condensed form, ill 2 vols., 1794-06,
alter the author's death. In that work are some popular hymns, and elegant renderings of Scripture
17. "Hymns for Children" appeared in 1763, with 100 new compositions ; and "Hymns for the use
• of Families in 1767, a volume of 176 pages and isS hymns. In the same year came "Hymns on the
Trinity, ' with 132 pages and 1S2 hymns. From these three works, 51 hymns are selected for the Wes.
H. Bk. Five or six other tracts of hymns followed, but out of these only one hymn found its
way into the isk Supplement to the Wesley Hymn Book taken from "Hymns for the Nation and for
theNat.oual Fast Day," February sth, 17S2.
These are the original publications from which are derived all the Wesley hymns now
in use in the Hymnals of all the churches. All these volumes and tracts (txcept the
Ps. A: II us. printed at Charlestowu in 1730-37), with fac similes of title pages, are re¬
printed in the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, London, 1S68-72 (13 volumes),
and the same are tabulated with dates, titles, pages, sizes and numher of hymns, inG. J.
Stevenson's Methodist 11. Bk. Notes, 1S83, p. 635.
ii. W<.Meijnn Methodists. 1. With such a variety of works, most of which were occa¬
sionally used bv the Methodist Societies, much confusion and difficulty naturally arose,
so that John Wesley did wisely when, in 1779 (soon after he had opened his chapel in
tue City Road, London), he prepared out of those numerous works a collection for gen¬
eral use iti all his societies, which was issued in 1780. The necessity for such a work
was felt all over the country. It txtended to 504 ptiges.with 16 pages of contents and in¬
dex, and included 525 hyuius. The contents were divided into the li.Te parts and twenty
sections as still retained iu the revised ed. 1875. The 2nd ed. corrected, appeared in
1781; th.-> 3rd, in 1782; the 4th, in 1784; 5th, 1786; 6th, 1788; 7th, 171(1. Lp to 1791 it re¬
mained unaltered, although, every edition having to be set up afresh, errors had crept
in. These increased till 1797, when a few of the preachers presumed to piepare a new
e litijn, which they issued with an ornanieutal title-p-ige. In it, about 36 hymns were
changed, and some of the favorite hymns of the people, designedly excluded by John
Wesley, were included, and at the end 25 additional hymns were given, making the
total 550. This e lition gave so little satisfaction to the people that the Conference of
17.) ( a;>i) nute 1 Dr. Coke, (j. Storey, H. Moore and Adam Clarke, ''to reduce the large
Hymn Book to its primitive simplicity, as in the second edition, with liberty to add a
n jte in places to explain difficult passages for the sake of the unlearned, and with dis¬
cretionary power in respect to the additional hvmns." They rigidly revised the bock,
omitted 6 of the additional hymns, extended the work to 560 lninns and published it
in lsuo. The added hymns introduced a new and important feature into the collection
which is a distinct landmark (so to speak) in the history of Methodism, by including 7
hymns by C. Wesley on The Lord's $n/>/>er. All the unsold copies of the 1797 book were
d-siroved, an 1 the revised edition remained unaltered for thirty years.
2. The publication at Manchester, in 1S25, of a piratical edition of the Collection, to¬
gether with copyright needs, and the desire for greater variety of hymns, led the Con¬
ference to appoint the Revs. Thomas Jackson and Richard Watson to make such a se¬
lection as would meet the wishes of the people, and in IS.'H a Siij>j)lein<-nt was issued, ex¬
tending the collection from 560 to 769 hymns. These were chosen from some of Charles
Wesley's original MSS.; from his Fesliml Hymns anil from the collection of I'salms and
Hymns then known as the Morning Hymn Hook. Many from Dr. Wj'lts were also added
and it few of a popular character which were favourites with the people. The Preface
is dated November 9, 1830, and in this Dictionary the date of 'I1JI Sii/i/ilrimnt is given as
1S30, the date of the Vrepice. Of the entire collection, in^iiding this Sti/>]>lement. 668
hvmns ure by the Wesltvs (father and three sons;, and Iji by 20 other authors. Dr.