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 >
Gentle Jesus, Lovely Lamb. C. Wesley. [Jesus All in All.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 21). The following arrangements of the text have come into common use:
1. Gentle Jesus, heavenly Lamb. In Holy Song for All Seasons, 1869, and other collections.
2. Jesus, all-atoning Lamb. In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 422 (edition 1875, No. 434.) G. J. Stevenson has several reminiscences of this hymn in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 291. This form of the hymn is in extensive use.
3. Jesus, let me cleave to Thee. In the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns, Richmond, U.S.A., 1867, No. 357, in 2 stanzas (stanza ii. and iv. altered).