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Thou boundless Source of every good. [Divine Guidance desired.] This hymn is a cento, and as such it appeared in T. Cotterill's Selection of Psalms & Hymns, first edition 1810, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "For the right improvement of the dispensations of Providence." It was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1819 and 1820; Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; and again in a great many modern hymn-books, including the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, &c. It is sometimes abbreviated to 4 stanzas. Of the original cento stanzas ii., iii., iv., vi. are from O. Heginbothom's "Father of mercies, God of love," which was No. 9 of his Hymns, &c, Sudbury, 1794, but in an altered form; and stanzas i. and v. are probably by T. Cotterill.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)