On this date, March 29, 1788, Charles Wesley, brother of John and author of around nine thousand hymns died.

Nine thousand hymns. Wow.

Some of my favorites by him include “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” and “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” The song “And Can It Be” speaks to me every time that I read/sing it.

And can it be that I should gain

An interest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain—

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

And Can it Be

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