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 with our fears, Our troubles and tears. C. Wesley. [Whitsuntide.] This is No. 32 of his “Hymns for Whitsunday,” which were published at Bristol in 1746 as Hymns of Petition and Thanksgiving for the Promise of the Father. It is in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1776 four stanzas, somewhat altered, were given in A. M. Toplady's Psalms and Hymns, No. 236, and thus came into common use. It did not form a part of the Wesleyan Hymn Book until the revised edition of 1875. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 203.
Display Title: Away with Our Fears, Our Troubles and TearsFirst Line: Away with our fearsTune Title: HOSANNA (Gauntlett)Author: Charles WesleyMeter: 555.11.555.11Source: Hymns for Whitsunday, number 32; Published in Hymns of Petition and Thanksgiving for the Promise of the Father (Bristol, England: 1746)