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 >
O Lord, incline Thy gracious ear. C. Wesley. [Psalms v.] Published in the Wesley Psalms & Hymns, 1743, in 7 stanzas of 8 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-1872, vol. viii. p. 9.) From this paraphrase three centos are in common use:—
1. 0 Lord, incline Thy gracious ear. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 377.
2. Behold us, Lord, with humble fear. Composed of stanzas iv., v., and vii. rewritten and greatly altered, in A Selection of Hymns designed as a Supplement to the Psalms & Hymns of the Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 1861.
3. On Thee, 0 God of purity. This, which begins with stanza ii., was given in the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. In Common Praise, 1879, this is again changed to "On Thee, Thou God of purity."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)