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 >
I too, forewarned by Jesus’ love. C. Wesley. [Death Anticipated.] The two closing hymns of the Official Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church, N. Y., 1878, are, "I too, forewarned by Jesus' love," and "In age and feebleness extreme." They are introduced by the following special note:—
"The following hymns were composed by Charles Wesley in extreme old age. The second hymn was his last utterance in verse, and was dictated on his death-bed."
With regard to "I too, forewarned by Jesus' love," it was published in C. Wesley's Short Hymns, &c, 1762, vol. ii. p. 397, No. 783, on 2 Peter i. 14, and in 2 stanzas of 4 lines (P. Works, 1868-72, vol. xiii. p. 191.) As C. Wesley was born in 1707, and died in 1788, this gives his age as 55 when the hymn was published, that is 28 years before he died. The hymn therefore was not written by him "in extreme old age." The statement concerning "In age and feebleness extreme" (q.v.), however, is correct.