Shrinking from the cold hand of death. C. Wesley. [Death and Burial.] This cento was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 43, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines. Of these st. i., ii., are No. 102, and st. iii. is No. 244, in vol. i. of his Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture, 1762 ( Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ix. pp. 33 and 80). This text is repeated in the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, and is in a large number of collections in most English-speaking countries. The spiritual uses of this hymn have been great. Several instances are given in G. J. Stevenson's Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 56.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)