Author of life divine
Author of life divine. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). First published in Hymns on the Lord’s Supper (1745), in two 6-line stanzas, in section II, ‘As it is a Sign and a Means of Grace’. It was included in the Second Edition of A&M (1875) and has been included in many subsequent Anglican hymnbooks, as well as those of Congregationalists, the United Reformed Church and others. After a long period of neglect by Methodists, it was included in MHB (1933).
Hymns on the Lord’s Supper was greatly influenced by Daniel Brevint’s On the Christian Sacrament and Sacrifice (1672), which was published in John Wesley’s abridgement as a preface to the hymns. Although there are echoes of the two...
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