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 >
Enslaved to sense, to pleasure prone. C. Wesley. [Lent.] This hymn, although of a penitential character, was published as a "Grace before Meat" in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 32.) In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, it was given as the first hymn of section ii., "For mourners convinced of sin" (No. 104), and as such it was retained in the revised edition of 1875. It is also used as a penitential hymn in several other collections in Great Britain and America. The Grace, "Come then, our heavenly Adam, come," Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 1009, is stanza v. of this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)