What! never speak one evil word? C. Wesley. [Holiness desired.] This cento is thus composed: stanzas i., ii. are from Wesley's Short Hymns, 1762, vol. ii., No. 753, on James iii. 2; and stanzas iii., iv. from the same, vol. i., No. 854, on Psalms ciii. 3. In this form it appeared in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 353, and has been repeated in several collections. Original texts in Poetical Works, 1868-72, vols. xiii. and ix.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)