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 >
Jesus, Thou Soul of all our joys. C. Wesley. [Choral Festivals.] Appeared in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No 90, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, as the second of two hymns on “The True Use of Music." In the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, it was included as No. 196 (edition 1875, No. 204). It has passed into several collections, sometimes abbreviated, as in Mercer; and again, in the altered form, "Jesus, in Whom Thy saints rejoice," as in the Cooke and Denton Hymnal, enlarged edition, 1855.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Jesus, Thou Soul of All Our JoysFirst Line: Jesus, Thou soul of all our joysTune Title: ARIELAuthor: Charles WesleyMeter: 88.68.86Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, "The True Use of Music"