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Event:Wesley arises
Date:Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Time:12:00 pm
Location:Epworth, England
Description:The great and over zealous Charles Wesley, author of 600 plus hymns came to earth 300 years ago today. Had he lived he would have been 300 today. He authored 6,500 hymns. He probably could have used an extra 300 years. He did have it right about altering his hymns though. He said I beg leave to mention a thought which has been long upon my mind, and which I should long ago have inserted in the public papers, had I not been unwilling to stir up a nest of hornets. Many gentlemen have done my brother and me (though without naming us) the honour to reprint many of our hymns. Now they are perfectly welcome to do so, provided they print them just as they are. But I desire they would not attempt to mend them, for they are really not able. None of them is able to mend either the sense or the verse. Therefore, I must beg of them these two favours: either to let them stand just as they are, to take things for better or worse, or to add the true reading in the margin, or at the bottom of the page, that we may no longer be accountable either for the nonsense or for the doggerel of others.

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