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)