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Methodist hymnody, British

During the time of John Wesley John Wesley* and Charles Wesley* sang hymns in the Holy Club which Charles had founded at Oxford in 1729, of which John became the acknowledged leader on his return there later in the same year. They would have used traditional English psalm tunes (see Leaver, 1996, p. 31). However, their interest in the potential of hymns as important aids to worship and spirituality developed strongly on the ship that took them to America in 1735-36. The 26 Moravians on board impressed John Wesley greatly, and he joined in their services. They were using a new hymnbook, Das Gesang-Buch der Gemeine in Herrnhut (1735), compiled for the Moravian church in Herrnhut and its...

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