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 >
Father, I dare believe. C. Wesley. [Holiness desired.] This hymn is composed as follows:—
i. from Short Hymns, &c, 1762, vol. i., No. 881, Psalms cxxx. 8.
ii. from Short Hymns, &c, 1762, vol. ii., No. 1178, Jer. iv. U
iii. from Short Hymns, &c, 1762, vol. ii., No. 1179. Jer. iv. 14.
In this form it was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 398, and has been retained in subsequent editions of the same, and has also passed into other hymn-books. Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vols. ix., x.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…
Display Title: Father, I dare believeFirst Line: Father, I dare believeTune Title: RIPONAuthor: Charles Wesley, 1707-88Meter: S.M.Date: 1933Subject: The Christian Life | Faith and Regeneration; The Christian Life | Christian Holiness