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 >
Saviour of sinful men. C. Wesley. [Meeting of Friends.] Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, in 12 stanzas of 8 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 458.) In its full form it is not in common use, but divided, or broken up into centos, it is found in modern hymnbooks in the following forms :—
1. Saviour of sinful men. This, in 6 stanzas, was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1180, No. 470, and continued in later editions. It is also in other collections.
2. Guardian of sinful men. In 6 stanzas of 4 1ines in Martineau's Hymns, 1840, and his Hymns, &c, 1873.
3. Lord of the souls above. This in 6 stanzas of 4 lines also appeared in Martineau's Hymns, 1840, and 1873. The text is altered from the original.
4. 0 what a mighty change. In 3 stanzas of 8 lines in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849.
Concerning the Wesleyan Hymn Book arrangement of the hymn Mr. G. J. Stevenson has some pleasing reminiscences in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 304. The centos in Martineau's Hymns are specially adapted for Death and Burial.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Saviour of sinful menFirst Line: Saviour of sinful menAuthor: C. WesleyMeter: S. M.Date: 1882Subject: Social and Family Worship - Christian Fellowship and Prayer | Past mercies and future prospects