Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Georgia Connection to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

It is a little known fact that the English evangelist Charles Wesley, who penned the beautiful Christmas hymn "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" spent time on the coast of Georgia.

He and his brother, Rev. John Wesley, came to Georgia with General James Oglethorpe in the early days of the Georgia colony. Then a young man, Charles Wesley served as Secretary for Indian Affairs and chaplain for General Oglethorpe, and worked hard with his brother to minister to the early settlers of the colony. Both were closely associated with both Savannah and the military settlement of Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island.

After he left Georgia, Charles Wesley went on to pen many Christian hymns and poems. One of the best known, especially at this season, is "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

The efforts of the Wesley brothers are memorialized today on St. Simons Island at the Wesley Memorial Gardens. Surrounded by magnificent trees, the beautiful gardens compliment a stunning monument dedicated to the ministry of the two brothers.

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