The Methodist hymn-writers are very limited in number. The provision made by
Jno. and Chas. Wesley for every aspect of Methodism,the stereotyped character of each
book when issued, the great number of years it bad to run before any omissions or
additions could be made, and the intense affection of Methodists for their old hymns,
have had much to do in producing this result. When at rare intervals outlets for pent-
up poetic life were made in new editions of old books, and in collections for children
and the voung, W. M. Bunting, W. M. Punshon, B. Gough, J. Lyth, G. S. Rowe, J.
Briggs, E. E. Jenkins, M. G. Pears, and a few others have produced lyrics of merit
and usefulness; but no great singer has appeared in Methodism since Charles Wesley
was gathered to his father.