Hymn #303: Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) published this hymn in his 1746 collection, Hymns for Our Lord's Resurrection.  The text includes references to numerous scriptural passages as well as the "Great Thanksgiving" from the Eucharist, cited as the end of stanzas 1, 2, and 3.

Charles Wesley wrote primarily positive and uplifting hymns, usually expressing his own strong faith.  The author of some 6, 500 hymns, he was ten times more prolific than Isaac Watts, who was also one of the greatest hymnwriters of the English language.

 

John Darwall (1731-1789) composed this tune for a 1773 recital celebrating the installation of a new organ at the church in England where he had recently begun his ministry as the new vicar.  It is known as DARWALL'S 148TH because it was used as a setting for a paraphrase of Psalm 148.

John Darwall was a clergyman, poet, and amateur musician.  In 1761, he began his work at St. Matthew's Parish Church in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, where he remained for the rest of his life.  Darwall composed tunes for each of the 150 psalms in the New Version (1696).