And Can It Be

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"And Can It Be That I Should Gain?" is a Christian hymn written by Charles Wesley. Diarmaid MacCulloch suggests that the hymn is one of the best-loved of Wesley's six thousand hymns.[1]

"And Can It Be" was written in 1738 to celebrate Wesley's conversion, which he regarded as having taken place on 21 May of that year.[2] The lines "My chains fell off, my heart was free/I rose, went forth, and followed thee" are based on the story of the Liberation of Saint Peter in the New Testament.[3]


  1. ^ Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, p. 754.
  2. ^ Kenneth C. Kinghorn, Wesley: A Heart Transformed Can Change the World, p. 33.
  3. ^ Blair Gilmer Meeks, Expecting the Unexpected: An Advent Devotional Guide (Upper Room Books, 2006), p. 38.

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