1847–1929

April 29, 1847, Bedfordshire, England.

July 29, 1929, Providence, Rhode Island.

Possibly Providence, Rhode Island.

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At age 17, Wesley began writing for metropolitan and local papers. By age 22, he was special correspondent for the New York Times in Bue­nos Air­es, Ar­gen­ti­na, and a contributor to the Con­sti­tu­ci­on and In­ter­es­es Ar­gen­ti­o­nos and the Standard.

While in Bue­nos Air­es, Wes­ley was licensed to preach by the Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church. For a number of years, he managed the Club Es­tran­gei­ro. Emigrating to Amer­i­ca in the early 1870s, he attended Drew Theological Seminary in Ma­di­son, New Jer­sey, and held pastorates in Mon­sey, New York; Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia; Low­ell, Mas­sa­chu­setts; and Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land. He continued to write, with many of his earlier poems appearing in the Nash­ville and New York Christian Advocate.

For 10 years he was a regular contributor to Gospel In All Lands, the Bap­tist Union and other religious and secular papers. He was editor of the Young People’s Department of the Morning Star of Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, from 1895 to around 1911.

In 1873, Wesley married An­gel­ete Coe of New­ark, New Jer­sey. By 1880, he was teaching school in Har­ring­ton, New Jer­sey. By 1900, he and his family had moved to Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land, where they lived through at least 1920.

Wesley wrote 5–600 hymns, and nearly 2,000 articles, chiefly on religious and theological subjects. About a hundred of his poems were set to music. He also wrote Songs of the Heart, Steps into the Bless­ed Life, and a number of tracts.

  1. All My Need Supplied in Jesus
  2. Are Clouds of Deep Darkness Above Thee?
  3. Are You a Temple for Jesus?
  4. Beneath the Shadows, Dark and Still
  5. Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
  6. Blessed Savior, Lord Divine
  7. Christ the Lord, Cometh
  8. Christ Will Never Fail
  9. Close Beside Thee Stands
  10. Come, Holy Spirit, Source of Power
  11. Come, Holy Spirit, the God of Might
  12. Day Has Come for Sin’s Dethronement, The
  13. Door Is Wide Open, The
  14. Dwell Deep, O My Soul
  15. Earth’s Christless Millions
  16. From Death to Life
  17. God Calls for Men of Faith Today
  18. God’s Words to Thee Are Spoken
  19. Have You E’er a Thought Once Given
  20. He Knoweth the Way That Is Best for Me
  21. How Often Do I Wonder
  22. I Believe Thee, I Receive Thee
  23. I Do Love Jesus with All My Heart
  24. I Have Chosen a Child of God to Be
  25. I Have Found the Place Where I Safe Can Rest
  26. I Know Not How Such Love Could Be
  27. I Stand Tonight, Beside the Cross
  28. I Would Be Like Thee
  29. If We Follow, Love and Serve Him
  30. Jesus Calls Me
  31. Jesus Came to Seek His Lost Ones
  32. Jesus, I Will Follow Thee
  33. Jesus, My Savior, Through the Changing Ways
  34. Jesus, Take This Heart of Mine
  35. Life Is Mine, Yes, Mine Through the Blood
  36. Lord, Our God, Is King, The
  37. Make Jesus King
  38. Many the Hearts Who of Error Are Weary
  39. Marching to the Battlefield
  40. More of Jesus
  41. No Oil in Thy Lamp and the Bridegroom Near
  42. No Such Friend Has Man Like Jesus
  43. O Weary One, by Night Distressed
  44. O What Joy Would Be Ours
  45. O’er the Rough Waters Now Lashed by the Storm
  46. Oft Times I Sit and Wonder
  47. Once More We Meet, O Lord
  48. Only a Little While, and Then, the Long, Long Day
  49. Our Evening Hymn to Thee
  50. Sheltered in the Rock of Ages
  51. Since the Day When Jesus Found Me
  52. Sinners Lost, but Sought by Jesus
  53. Some Day the Clouds of Earthly Life Will Pass
  54. Still Undecided
  55. Tell It Again
  56. Thou Lamb of God, Thou Loving Lamb
  57. Though My Feet Incline to Stray
  58. Thy Doors Unbolt and Open Wide
  59. ’Tis the Lord’s Command
  60. Today Earth’s Fields Are Ripe and Golden
  61. Tonight, for Thee the Door Stands Open Wide
  62. Unchangeable Art Thou
  63. Until He Come!
  64. Voice of God Is Calling Thee, The
  65. Why Dost Thou Wander Away from Thy Lord?
  66. Will Jesus Now Save a Poor Sinner Like Me?
  67. Wonderful Tidings the Angels Are Telling