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 >
Come, let us ascend, My companion and friend. C. Wesley. [Christian Fellowship.] This is No. 231, in vol. ii. of the Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 457). M. Madan gave 6 stanzas in his Collection, 1760; Toplady repeated the same in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, and thus the hymn came into use in the Church of England. With the change in stanza iv. line 3, of "In the city" to "In the palace," it was included in full in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 486, and is retained in the revised edition, 1875, No. 499. Both this text, and that of Madan, are in common use. Interesting notes on the spiritual benefits conferred on persons by this hymn, are given in Steven¬son's Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883.