The thing my God doth hateAuthor: Charles Wesley
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1 The thing my God doth hate,
That I no more may do,
Thy creature, Lord, again create,
And all my soul renew;
My soul shall then, like thine,
Abhor the thing unclean,
And sanctify'd by love divine,
For ever cease from sin.
2 That blessed law of thine,
Jesu, to me impart;
Thy Spirit's law of life divine,
O write it on my heart!
Implant it deep within,
Whence it may ne'er remove,
The law of liberty from sin,
The perfect law of love.
3 Thy nature be my law,
Thy spotless sanctity,
And sweetly ev'ry moment draw
My happy soul to thee;
Soul of my soul remain,
Who didst for all fulfil,
In me, O Lord, fulfil again
Thy heav'nly Father's will.
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The thing my God doth hate. C. Wesley. [Holiness Desired.] This cento was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 331, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and is composed of No. 1240 as stanza i., and 1232 as stanzas ii., iii. of his Short Hymns on Selected Passages of Holy Scripture, 1762, vol. ii. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. x., Nos. 1362, and 1354). Several times it has been pointed out that the line (stanza iii., line 5) "Soul of my soul, remain!" is evidently taken from Sir Richard Blackmore's "Ode to the Divine Being," where we have the same expression thus:—
"Blest object of my love intense,
I Thee my Joy, my Treasure call,
My Portion, my Reward immense,
Soul of my soul, my Life, my All."
One can hardly think that this is accidental. This hymn is in several collections in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)