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 >
Captain of our Salvation, take. C. Wesley. [Holy Baptism.] First published in his Hymns for Children, 1763. No. xli., in 4 stanzas of 6 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 408). In 1780 it was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 462. It is also found in the collections of other branches of Methodism. In 1852, when given in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns for "Baptism," stanza iii. was omitted. This form has been repeated in other hymnals. In 1871 it was included in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, for "Theological Colleges," a few judicious and appropriate alterations having been made to adapt it to that purpose.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Captain of our salvation, takeFirst Line: Captain of our salvation, takeMeter: 8 8 8 8 8 8Date: 1882Subject: Social and Family Worship - The Family Circle | Dedication of children to Christ
Display Title: Training the soldiers of ChristFirst Line: Captain of our salvation, takeAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: L. M, 6l.Date: 1891Subject: Baptism | Infant; Christ | Captain of Salvation; Gospel | Spread of; Soldiers, Christian |