How dark the night which sin hath spread O'er every heart and mind of man! Thy blessings, Lord, we will not heed, Thy benefits poured out in vain; Thy works with careless eye we view, And wonders every moment new. Surrounded by Thy power and love We will not see the Almighty's hand Unless Thy grace the clouds remove And teach our hearts to understand. And give us in Thy light to see The fulness of our God in Thee.
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 >