A New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information

Author: Rogal, Samuel J.
Year:2010
Pages:500
ISBN:0-7734-3732-0
978-0-7734-3732-6
Price:279.95
This third volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

Reviews

“Essentially, this refurbished version of Osborn’s collection, when placed on library shelves beside the three volumes of Kimbrough and Beckerlegge, will allow students and scholars of eighteenth-century verse and hymnology opportunities to view and assess the fullest range possible of the literary contributions of John and Charles Wesley to the social, political, and theological spheres of their day. Finally, until a complete edition of the poetry of John and Charles Wesley comes forth, Osborn’s collection remains the best of the lot; as such, it cannot be allowed to disappear from library shelves, with its few remaining sets consigned into the hands of antiquarian book collectors and used book shops.” - From the Author's Introduction

Table of Contents

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Prefatory Note to “Hymns on God’s Everlasting Love”
HYMNS ON GOD’S EVERLASTING LOVE.
To Which Is Added, “The Cry of a Reprobate,” and “The Horrible Decree”
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Hymns L-IX.
Hymn X. Jesus Christ, the Saviour of All Men
Hymn XI. The Cry of a Reprobate
Hymns XIL-XIII.
Hymn XIV. God’s Sovereign, Everlasting Love
Hymn XV. [1 John ii. 1,2.]
Hymn XVI.
Hymn XVII. The Horrible Decree
HYMNS ON GOD’S EVERLASTING LOVE. (Second Series.)
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Hymns I.-XII.
Hymn XIII. The Lord’s Controversy
Hymn XIV. “Why will ye die, 0 house of Israel?”
Hymn XV. “God will have ALL men to be saved”
Hymn XVI. Free Grace
Gloria Patri. I-XI
AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF ROBERT JONES, ESQ.
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An Elegy
ORIGINAL POEMS. Extracted from the Third Volume of ”A Collection of and Sacred Poems.”
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The Sixth Chapter of Isaiah
Part of the Ninth Chapter of Isaiah. Verse 2, &c.
Part of the Tenth Chapter of Isaiah. Verse 24, &c.
The Eleventh Chapter of Isaiah
The Fourteenth Chapter of Isaiah. Parts I., ii.
The Twenty-fifth Chapter of Isaiah
After the Death of a Friend. Parts I, II, III.
Desiring to be Dissolved
The Christian
The same
The Life of Faith. Parts I, II.
For a Dying Friend
Epitaph
On the Death of Mrs. Anne Cowper.
HYMNS ON THE LORD’S SUPPER. With a Preface concerning THE CHRISTIAN SACRAMENT AND SACRIFICE: extracted from Dr. Brevint.
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THE CHRISTIAN SACRAMENT AND SACRIFICE:
Section I. The Importance of well understanding the Nature of This Sacrament
Section II. Concerning the Sacrament, as it is a Memorial of the Sufferings and Death of Christ
Section III. Concerning the Sacrament, as it is a Sign of Present Graces
Section IV. Concerning the Sacrament, as it is a Means of Grace
Section V. Concerning the Sacrament, as it is a Pledge of Future Glory
Section VI. Concerning the Sacrament, as it is a Sacrifice.
And first, of the Commemorative Sacrifice
Section VII. Concerning the Sacrifice of Ourselves
Section VIII. Concerning the Sacrifice of our Goods
HYMNS ON THE LORD’S SUPPER:
I. As it is a Memorial of the Sufferings and Death of Christ.
Hymns 1.-Vill; X-XX Vii.
II. As it is a Sign and a Means of Grace.
Hymns XXVIII, LXXXIV, LXXXVI-XCII.
III. The Sacrament and Pledge of Heaven. Hymns XCIII.-CXV.
IV. The Holy Eucharist as it implies a Sacrifice.
Hymns CXVI.-CXXVII.
V. Concerning the Sacrifice of our Persons. Hymns CXXVIII.- CLVII.
VI. After the Sacrament.
Hymns CL VIII, CLIX.; GLORIA PATRI; OR, HYMNS TO THE TRINITY.
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Hymns I-XXI.
Hymns XXIII., XXIV.
GRACES.
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Before Meat. I-XI.
At and After Meat. XX-XXVI.
Index to the First Lines