June 28, 1703, Ep­worth, Lin­coln­shire, Eng­land.

March 2, 1791, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Wesley’s Chapel, Is­ling­ton, Lon­don, Eng­land.


John was the son of Sam­u­el Wes­ley and Su­san­na An­nes­ley, brother of Charles Wes­ley, and husband of Mary Va­zeille.

John and his brother Charles founded the movement which became the Meth­od­ist denomination. Charles was the main hym­nist in the family, but John trans­lat­ed a number of hymns (mostly Ger­man) himself.

He began studying the Ger­man language on board the ship Sim­mons, which carried him and Charles to Geor­gia in 1735. Also on the ship were 26 Ger­man Mo­ra­vi­an colonists, and Wesley wanted to be able to talk with them and share in their worship services.

Wesley’s works in­clude:

  1. Author of Life Divine
  2. How Happy Is the Pilgrim’s Lot
  3. We Lift Our Hearts to Thee
  4. Servant of God, Well Done!
  5. Unclean, of Life and Heart Unclean
  1. All Glory to the Eternal Three
  2. Commit Thou All Thy Griefs
  3. Eternal Depth of Love Divine
  4. Extended on a Cursèd Tree
  5. High on His Everlasting Throne
  6. High Praise to Thee, All Gracious God
  7. Holy Lamb, Who Thee Receive
  8. I Thirst, Thou Wounded Lamb of God
  9. Into Thy Gracious Hands I Fall
  10. Jesu, Thy Soul Renew My Own
  11. Jesu, to Thee My Heart I Bow
  12. Jesu, Thy Blood and Righteousness
  13. Jesu, Whose Glory’s Streaming Rays
  14. Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
  15. Lo, God Is Here!
  16. Meek, Patient Lamb of God, to Thee
  17. Monarch of All, with Lowly Fear
  18. My Soul Before Thee Prostrate Lies
  19. Now I Have Found the Ground Wherein
  20. O God, My God, My All Thou Art!
  21. O God of God, in Whom Combine
  22. O God, of Good the Unfathomed Sea
  23. O God Thou Bottomless Abyss
  24. O God, What Offering Shall I Give?
  25. O Jesu, Source of Calm Repose
  26. O Thou to Whose All Searching Sight
  27. O Thou Who All Things Canst Control
  28. O Thou Whom Sinners Love, Whose Care
  29. Regardless Now of Things Below
  30. Shall I, for Fear of Feeble Man
  31. Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower
  32. Thine, Lord, Is Wisdom, Thine Alone
  33. Thou Hidden Love of God
  34. Thou, Jesu, Art Our King
  35. Thou Lamb of God, Thou Prince of Peace
  36. Thou, True and Only God
  37. To Thee with Heart and Mouth I Sing
  38. What Shall We Offer Our Good Lord