Born: June 28, 1703, Epworth, Lincolnshire, England.
Died: March 2, 1791, London, England.
John and his brother Charles founded the Methodist movement. 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.
Settings of his literary work
- Commit thou all thy griefs (Charles Steggall)
- Commit thou all thy griefs (Samuel Wesley)
- Do all the good you can (Carlotta Ferrari)
- Eternal depth of love divine (John Fawcett)
- Get on fire for God (Carlotta Ferrari)
- How happy is the pilgrim's lot (A. K. Williams)
- It is the work of God (Carlotta Ferrari)
- Jesu, thy blood and righteousness (John Eagleton)
- Jesu, thy blood and righteousness (Thomas Clark)
- Lo, God is here; let us adore (Joseph Barnby)
- Newburyport (Stephen Jenks)
- Put thou thy trust in God (Samuel Wesley)
- Thee will I love, my strength, my tower (John Fawcett)
List of translations
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- John Wesley’s hymns at the Cyber Hymnal.