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, Thou Conqueror of the nations. C. Wesley. [Whitsuntide.] From his Hymns on the Expected Invasion, 1759, when it was feared that an attack on England would be made by the French. The tract was published in 1759, this hymn being No. 8, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1830 it was included, with the omission of stanza v., in the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book, and is retained in the ed. of 1875. It is also found in other collections, including Kennedy, 1863, No. 1077, where it is given as "Come, great Conqueror of the nations, in 5 stanzas, the abbreviation being made by the omission of stanzas iii. and iv. Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 160.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
William H. Monk (PHH 332) composed CORONAE in 1871. The following year it was published in J Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes Old and New as a setting for Thomas Kelly's text "Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious." That text had "Crown him!" in each stanza, thus the title for this tune.
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