God of my life, whose gracious powerAuthor: Charles Wesley
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1 God of my life, whose gracious power
Through various deaths my soul hath led;
Or turned aside the fatal hour,
Or lifted up my sinking head:
2 In all my ways Thy hand I own,
Thy ruling Providence I see:
O help me still my course to run,
And still direct my path to Thee.
3 Whither, O whither should I fly,
But to my loving Savior's breast?
Secure within Thine arms to lie,
And safe beneath Thy wings to rest!
4 I have no skill the snare to shun,
But Thou, O Christ, my Wisdom art!
I ever into ruin run;
But Thou art greater than my heart.
5 Foolish, and impotent, and blind,
Lead me a way I have not known;
Bring me where I my heaven may find,
The heaven of loving Thee alone.
6 Enlarge my heart to make Thee room;
Enter, and in me ever stay:
The crooked then shall straight become;
The darkness shall be lost in day.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #332
God of my life, Whose gracious power. G. Wesley. [Lent—In Temptation.] First published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1740, in 15 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "At the Approach of Temptation" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 322). From it the following centos have come into common use:—
1. The Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1180, No. 280 (new edition 1875, No. 289), which is composed of stanzas i., ii., v., vi., ix., xi., xiv., xv. This is in several Methodist collections.
2. The New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 665, consisting of stanzas i., ii., v., vi., ix.
3. Kennedy, 1863, No. 180, consisting of stanzas i., ii., vi., ix., xi., xiv.
4. The Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 241, consisting of stanzas i., ii., ix., xi., xiv. This is repeated in the Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, U.S.A., 1864; the Unitarian Hymn [and Tune] Book, Boston, 1868, and other American collections.
Of these four centos the last is the most widely used. In his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 218, Mr. Stevenson has an interesting anecdotal note on the Wesleyan Hymn Book cento.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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