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 >
How can a sinner know. C. Wesley. [The Marks of Faith.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 161. It consists of 8 stanzas, and each stanza is composed of 4 lines of 6’s metre, and 4 lines of short metre (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 363). In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 93, stanzas iv., v. were omitted, and the rest were rewritten in S.M. throughout. In this form the hymn is in common use in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: How Can We Sinners KnowFirst Line: How can we sinners knowTune Title: ST. MICHAELAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: SMDate: 1989Subject: Justifying Grace | Assurance; Assurance | ; Forgiveness | ; Jesus Christ | Blood