Samuel Akeroyde, born in Yorkshire, England, latter half of the 17th century. He contributed songs to the Third Part of D'Urfey's Don Quixote in 1696. His songs are also found in the Theatre of Music (1685-87), Viniculum societatis (1687), Comes amoris (1687-94), Gentleman's Journal (1692-94) Thesaurus musicus (1693-96), and other collections.
Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians by John Denison Camplin, Jr. and William Foster Apthorp (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1888)
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There is a strong reason to believe that this is the tune sung by John Wesley on the night of his conversion, 24th May, 1738. he subsequently inserted it in his 'Foundery' Collection of Tunes, for the hymn 'And can it be'