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.

John 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?