“A Collection of Hymns for the use of the people called Methodists”– these are the words, or lyrics, to 1026 hymns, constituting the Methodist hymnal published by Wesley in 1780 with the “New Supplement” compiled and added in 1876. This collection reaches back to Wesley's missionary work in Georgia (1737), enlarged and expanded several times as needs arose and Methodist congregations grew. The original 1780 publication contained 525 hymns, most of which were written by Wesley's brother Charles, the “hymnist of Methodism”, while a number were written by Wesley himself, Isaac Watts and others. Many of these hymns are well known throughout the Protestant Churches: “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, “Come, Ye that Love the Lord”, “And Can It Be That I should Gain”, etc. These hymns can be read as poetry in their own right, or used as the basis for singing the familiar melodies.
This electronic versions contains topical and first-line indexes, in addition to the main numerical listing.