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