Lamb of God! whose bleeding love

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lamb of God! whose bleeding love
Author: Charles Wesley


Lamb of God, Whose bleeding love. C. Wesley. Holy Communion.] This is No. 20 of the Wesley Hymns on the Lord's Supper, 1745, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iii. p. 228). It was given in the older hymnbooks of the Church of England as Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760; Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, and others, and also in some Nonconformist collections, but was not included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book until the Supplement of 1830. An altered version of this hymn, beginning," Lamb of God, Whose dying love," appeared in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 269, in 2 st. of 8 1. That arrangement was by E. Osier, and was repeated, with slight changes, in his Church & King, March, 1837. Another form of the hymn is, “Blest Lamb of God, whose dying love." It is found in the Rugby School Hymn Book, 1850; Kennedy, 1863, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)