John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >
Glory to God, Whose sovereign grace. C. Wesley. [Thanksgiving for success in Special Work.] Appeared in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, p. 140, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and Bishop Ken's Doxology; and again in Select Hymns with Tunes Annext, 1761. It was written as a "Thanksgiving Hymn" for the conversion of numbers of the Kingswood colliers, and the consequent renovation of the whole neighbourhood. It was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 195 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 287). Its use is not extensive outside the Methodist collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Derived from the fourth piano piece in Robert A. Schumann's Nachtstücke, Opus 23 (1839), CANONBURY first appeared as a hymn tune in J. Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). The tune, whose title refers to a street and square in Islington, London, England, is often matched to Haver…