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 most compassionate High Priest. C. Wesley. [For Pardon.] "First published in 1743, as ‘A Prayer for those who are Convinced of Sin,' at the end of The Nature, Design, and General Rules of the United Societies, &c.; and to be found there in most if not all the editions of that tract published during Wesley's life" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 230). It was also included in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. ii., No. 63, in 18 stanzas of 4 lines, as No. 3 of "Hymns of Intercession." In 1780, stanzas vi.-xiv. were given as: "O let the prisoners' mournful cries," in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 450, and from thence passed into other collections. The revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, omits the last two stanzas of the 1780 text.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)