Charles Wesley was one of the greatest hymn writers of all time—having produced fifty-six volumes of hymns in fifty-three years: "And Can it Be . . . O For a Thousand Tongues," "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing." John Wesley wrote that the Methodist hymns written by him and his brother, Charles, offered a “distinct and full account of scriptural Christianity."
After Charles’s conversion to Christianity, he opened the Bible and put his finger on Psalm 40:3: “And he hath put a new song in my mouth; even praise unto our God . . . many shall see it . . . and shall trust in the LORD."