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 must I be to judgment brought? C Wesley. [The Judgment.] First published in his Hymns for Children, 1763, No. 33, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "A thought on Judgment." It is not in common use in Great Britain, but in America stanzas i.-v. are given in the American Methodist Episcopal Collection, 1849; the Hymn Book of the Evangelical Association, Cleveland, Ohio, 1882, No. 839, and others. Full text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 401.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…