1 My soul, inspired with sacred love,
God's holy Name for ever bless;
Of all His favours mindful prove,
And still Thy grateful thanks express.
2 'Tis He that all thy sins forgives,
And after sickness makes thee sound;
From danger He thy life retrieves,
By Him with grace and mercy crown'd.
3 The Lord abounds with tender love
And unexampled acts of grace;
His waken'd wrath doth slowly move,
His willing mercy flies apace.
4 God will not always harshly chide,
But with His anger quickly part;
And loves His punishment to guide
More by His love than our desert.
5 As far as 'tis from east to west,
So far has he our sins removed;
Who, with a father's tender breast,
Has such as fear Him always loved.
Source: Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #499
My soul, inspired with sacred love. C. Wesley. [Psalms cxlvi.] First published in The Arminian Magazine, 1798; again in Fish's collection of C. Wesley's Psalms, 1854; and again in the Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. viii. p. 260, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1830, it was given in the Supplement of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, with the omission of stanzas iii. and vi., and retained in the revised edition, 1875.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)