Come, desire of nations, come; Hasten, Lord, &c. C. Wesley. [Second Advent.] Written as one of the Hymns Occasioned by the Earthquake, March 8, 1750, and first published in a tract bearing that title during the same year. The unusual visitation of the earthquake created a great sensation in London and the neighbourhood, and the excitement of the people did much to set forth the calm faith, and to bring out the sterling worth of the Wesleys. The feelings of both were embodied in the hymns which C. Wesley wrote on the occasion. This particular hymn was included in J. Wesley's Select Hymns with Tunes annext, 1761, and other works, and in the Wesleyan Hymn Book as one of the "Additional Hymns," circ. 1800. It is retained in the new edition, 1875, and is found in several collections in Great Britain and America. Original text in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi p. 48.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)