Saviour, I lift my trembling eyes. [Jesus, the Guide and Advocate.] Lord Selborne's note on this cento in his Book of Praise, 1862, No. lvii., is:—
"This hymn as here given [in 3 stanzas of 4 lines] was introduced into the Marylebone Collection (1851) from a poem of some length, published in 1831, in The Iris, a volume edited by the Rev. Thomas Dale ..and signed 'M. G. T.' The text is unaltered, except that the first word, ‘Saviour,' has been brought down from a preceding line, in substitution for the words, ‘And then,' so as to give to these stanzas an independent beginning."
These stanzas have passed into several collections, and are worthy of greater notice than they have received. We nave seen the signature " M. G. T." written out as "M. G. Thompson," but we have not authority to say that this is correct. Another cento from the same poem appeared in the third edition of The Spirit of the Psalms, by H. F. Lyte, 1858, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, beginning "Saviour, I think upon that hour." This, reduced to 4 stanzas, is in the Baptist Praise Book, N. Y., 1871, and other American collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)