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Charles Wesley left a legacy of hymns that spiritually impacted Methodism and far beyond. But his two volumes of Funeral Hymns (1746 and 1759) are perhaps the least known of his poetic corpus. They are a treasury of his views on the importance of women in eighteenth-century England as examples of how to live the Christian life.
Entries in his MS Journal indicate an extremely positive relationship with women, who are his coequals in mission and in the Methodist societies; much of the work depended on them. Furthermore, Charles wrote numerous poems about women, often occasioned by death, which lift up individual women as models for the community at large, the church, and nation.
The intent of May She Have a Word With You is not to present a historical survey of these women or their place in the early Methodist movement. Instead, these pages help the reader discover a literature that illuminates the values which women had in the early Methodist movement, and how these values were acknowledged, recorded, fostered and encouraged by Charles Wesley, particularly in his poetry.
May She Have a Word with You suggests there is a need today to hear of these women’s exemplary words, deeds, and lives as a whole. Herein one may discover important models for a life of discipleship to Jesus today — for all of us.