The thing my God doth hate

The thing my God doth hate

Author: 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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Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: The thing my God doth hate
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



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