‘Christ the Lord is risen today’

‘Christ the Lord is risen today’. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739), entitled ‘Hymn for Easter-Day’, in eleven 4-line stanzas. It was not included in John Wesley’s A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780), the scheme of which precluded seasonal hymns, but six stanzas found their way into the 1831 Supplement to the Collection among the additional hymns. Its use has become and remained widespread since then, though in its original form it has appeared in relatively few Anglican hymnals, which have preferred the anonymous ‘Jesus Christ is risen today’* (1708) on which Wesley modelled his hymn (but see below). There...

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