Samuel Wesley, M.A., the younger, was the eldest child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born in or near London in 1691. He received his early education from his mother, who always took a special interest in him as her firstborn. In 1704 he went to Westminster School, where he was elected King's Scholar in 1707. Westminster had, under the mastership of Dr. Busby for 55 years, attained the highest reputation for scholarship, and Samuel Wesley, as a classical scholar, was not unworthy of his school. In 1709, Dr. Spratt, Bishop of Rochester, patronised the young scholar, and frequently invited him to Bromley. In 1711 he went with a Westminster studentship to Christ Church, Oxford, and having taken his degree, returned to Westminster as an… Go to person page >
The Lord of Sabbath let us praise. S. Wesley, junr. [Sunday.] Appeared in his Poems on Several Occasions, 1736, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines; again in J. Wesley's Collection of Psalms & Hymns, 1741; and again in Nicholl's reprint of the Poems, &c, 1862, p. 364. It was included in the Church of England collections at an early date; and is found in its original form in several modern collections, including the 1875 edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 950. In some hymn-books, as Mercer and others, it is given as "Lord of the Sabbath, Thee we praise." The well-known couplet:—
'Twas great to speak a world from nought;
'Twas greater to redeem:"
concludes this hymn.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)