Wesley, Charles

   Hymn Writer.
   Wesley was the eighteenth child of the Reverend Samuel Wesley, Rector of Epworth, England, and he was the brother of John wesley. He was educated at the University of Oxford and, after ordination to the Anglican ministry, he spent time in the American colonies. He had a conversion experience in 1738 and, influenced by the Moravians, he became an itinerant preacher in 1739. He finally settled in London. Today he is primarily remembered as a hymn-writer. Among his many compositions were ‘Hark, the herald angels sing’, ‘Love divine, all loves excelling’ and ‘Lo! He comes with clouds descending’, all of which are still frequently sung. He was the grandfather of the composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–76).
   F. Baker, Charles Wesley’s Verse: An Introduction (1964);
   F.C. Gill, Charles Wesley (1964);
   B.L. Manning, The Hymns of Wesley and Watts (1942).

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