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 >
Granted is the Saviour's prayer. C. Wesley. [Whitsuntide.] First published in the Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, as a "Hymn for Whitsunday." (Poetical Works, 1868-1872, vol. i. p. 188.) It was repeated by A. M. Toplady in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 351, and in a few modern collections, including the Hymnary, 1872, the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, in an abridged form. The cento, "Come, divine and peaceful Guest," in the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, and others, is from this hymn, and begins with stanza vi. Another cento, beginning with stanza iii., "God, the everlasting God," is No. 175 in The College Hymnal, N. Y., 1876.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)