Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >
Adam descended from above. C. Wesley. [Lent.] First published in his Short Hymns, &c, 1762, vol. i., No. 1044, but omitted from the 2nd ed., 1794. It was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and is retained in the revised edition of 1875, No. 129 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ix. p. 415). Another hymn by C. Wesley, beginning:—"Adam, descended from above, Thou only canst," &c, was published from his manuscript Hymns on the Four Gospels, in Poetical Works of J. and C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. xi. p. 341, but it is not in common use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)