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 >
And let our bodies part. C. Wesley. [Parting.] From Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 233, of 10 stanzas in two parts. The first part, in 6 stanzas, was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, and is retained in the revised edition, 1875, No. 535. In some collections a shorter version compiled from this is given. Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 462. From this hymn, and another, a cento has been formed, "O let our heart and mind," thus, stanzas i.-iv., stanzas ii., iii. of the above, stanzas v., vi., from stanzas viii. and v. of "Saviour of sinful men " (q. v.) This is found in Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880. The original hymn is also found in a few American collections. A second cento from this hymn alone was given in Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840, and again in his Hymns of Praise & Prayer, 1873, No. 694. It begins, "And what though now we part," and is composed of stanzas i., 1. 1-.4, iii., iv., 1.4-8, and vi., 1. 1-4, as in the Wesleyan Hymn Book but somewhat altered.