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 >
Again we lift our voice. C. Wesley. [Burial.] Written on the death of one Somuel Hutchins, and included in Hymns and Sacred Poems, in 1749 (vol. ii.), “Samuel Hutchins was a Cornish smith, one of the first race of Methodist preachers, who died at an early age. An account of his life, written by his father, was published by J. Wesley in 1746." The hymn was embodied in the 1780 edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 51, and from thence it has passed into other hymnals. Orig. text, Poetical Works of J. & C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 214.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)