The world can neither give nor take. [The Love of God.] This is a cento compiled from John Mason's Songs of Praise, published in 1683. It is thus composed:—
Stanzas i., ii. From "Song of Praise," No. 23, for Peace of Conscience stanzas ii., iv.
Stanza iii. From "Song of praise,” No. 28, stanza iv.
Stanzas iv., v., vi. From the same stanzas iv., v., and vi. altered.
In this form it is found in the Countess of Huntingdon's Collection, 1780, and later editions. Original text in D. Sedgwick's reprint of Mason's Songs of Praise, 1863. The 1780 text of the cento is in Lyra Brittanica, p. 655, where its compilation and alterations are ascribed to Lady Huntingdon. This ascription, however, is open to doubt. The cento is still in common use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)