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 who in Christ believe. C. Wesley. [Praise to Christ.] Appeared in his Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, 2nd Series, Lond. 1741, No. 8, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, stanzas i., xii., xiii., xiv. were given as No. 200. This cento has been repeated in various collections in Great Britain and America, and is the received form of the hymn. See Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, No. 208, and the American Methodist Episcopal Hymnal , 1878, No. 28 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iii. p. 64).
MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…
Display Title: Come, Let Us Who in Christ BelieveFirst Line: Come, let us, who in Christ believeTune Title: BELMONTAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: CMSource: Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, 2nd series, 1741