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 of Jesus Christ my Lord, My Saviour, &c. C Wesley. [Faith in the Promises and Power of God.] From a hymn of 10 stanzas in 4 lines on Rom. iv. 16, &c, in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1742, p. 248, 11 stanza were given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, as No. 350. The same arrangement is in the revised edition, 1875, and other collections (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ii. p. 309). A cento from the original beginning (stanza ix.), "In hope against all human hope," was given in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…