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 >
Away, my needless fears. C. Wesley. [Submission.] In Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, 55 hymns were given as "For Christian Friends," of which this was No. 35, in 10 stanzas of 8 lines. From this two centos have come into common use as follows:—
1. In the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book 1830, stanzas i., vii., and ix. were given in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, No. 675. This cento is also found in various collections of the Methodist bodies, and in the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. No. 832.
2. In A. M. Toplady's Psalms and Hymns 1776, No. 75, and later editions, stanzas i.-v. and ix. were given with slight alterations, but this cento has almost entirely gone out of use. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 448.
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…