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 >
Rejoice, rejoice, ye fallen race. C. Wesley. [Whitsuntide.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742, p. 165, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “Hymn for the Day of Pentecost." (P. Works, ii. p. 227.) The following centos are in part, or in full from this hymn:—
1. Our Jesus is gone up on high. Composed of st. ii.-ix. in the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875.
2. Lord, we believe to us and ours. Composed of st. v., vii.-ix., xi., and given as a Hymn for Ember Days in Mercer's Church Psalter & Hymn Book, Oxford ed., 1804.
3. Come, Holy Spirit, raise our song. This cento is composed of st. i.-iii. from R. C. Brackenbury's Sacred Poems & Hymn, 1792: and the rest from this hymn by C. Wesley. It was given in this form in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1830, but omitted in 1875.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)