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 >
Eternal Spirit, come. C. Wesley. [Whitsuntide.] Appeared in Hymns of Petition and Thanksgiving for the Promise of the Father, 1746, as No. 3 of the “Hymns for Whitsunday," in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 167). It is in common use in two forms:—
1. The first form is in 5 stanzas, the additional stanza being from No. 16 of the "Hymns for Whitsunday" as above. This arrangement was given in Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 246.
2. The second form is that in the Wesleyan Hymn Book revised ed., 1875, No. 762. It was included in the Supplement to the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1830, in 3 stanzas. The stanzas omitted in 1875 are stanzas iii., iv.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Eternal Spirit, ComeFirst Line: Eternal Spirit, comeTune Title: BANGOR (Toronto)Author: Charles WesleyMeter: 66.77.77Source: Hymns of Petition and Thanksgiving for the Promise of the Father, 1746, as number three of Hymns for Whitsunday