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 >
God, Who didst so dearly buy. C. Wesley. [Praise desired of Believers.] There are two centos beginning with this first line as follows:—
1. In the 1st edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780/ No. 406, and later editions to 1875; and also in other Methodist collections, the cento is compiled from C. Wesley's Short Hymns, &c, 1762, as follows: stanza i., No. 554; stanza ii., No. 823; stanzas iii., iv., No. 882.
2. The second cento is No. 411, in the revised edition, Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, and is thus composed: stanza i., the stanza i. as above; stanza ii. from C. Wesley's Hymns for the Use of Families, 1767, No. 28, stanza i. (Poetical Works, 1868-72).
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)