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, ye weary sinners, come. C. Wesley. [Invitation.] First published in his Hymns for those that seek, and those that have Redemption, &c, 1747, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 220). With slight alterations, and the omission of stanza iii., it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 28, and has been retained in all later editions. This is also the text usually given in other collections, both in Great Britain and America. In the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, and the New Hymnal of the same body, 1878, the hymn “Come, weary sinners, come," is a cento from this hymn. It was made by the Committee of the 1849 book. The original 8 of 7 is turned into S. M.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) composed SONG 13 in soprano and bass parts. Used as a setting for a text from the Song of Songs, the tune was published in George Withers' Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623) as hymn number 13 (hence the tune name).
As in other hymnals, the melody is presented in a simpli…