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“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”, originally had eleven stanzas and was entitled, “Hymn for Easter Day”. Written by Charles Wesley to the music of “Lyra Davidica”, (1708), the song was first published in “Hymns and Sacred Poems”(1739). The present version contains the original stanzas 1, 4 and 5, the first two lines of stanza 2, and the last two lines of stanza 3. It is possible that a follower of the Wesleys, Martin Madan, an Anglican vicar, added the “Alleluias”.
The hymn was first sung in what is known as the Foundry Meeting House, which was a deserted iron foundry in London that became the first Wesleyan chapel. This was one of Charles Wesley’s earliest songs, written just a year after he was converted, for the first service in the foundry.
John Wesley at age seventy-seven, didn’t include this hymn in a Methodist Hymnal collection highlighting his brother’s best hymns. It was not until fifty years later that it was found by another editor and included in a new Wesleyan hymnal.