Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart

Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 65 hymnals

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I. Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart,
That can from Jesus thus depart,
Thus fond of trifles vainly rove,
Forgetful of a Saviour's love!

II. In vain I charge my thoughts to stay,
And chide each vanity away,
In vain, alas! resolve to bind
This rebel heart, this wand'ring mind.

III. Through all resolves, how soon it flies,
And mocks the weak, the slender ties!
There's nought beneath a pow'r divine,
That can this roving heart confine.

IV. Jesus, to thee, I would return,
At thy dear feet repentant mourn;
There let me view thy pard'ning love,
And never from thy sight remove.

V. O let thy love with sweet controul,
Bind all the passions of my soul,
Bid ev'ry vanity depart,
And dwell forever in my heart.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #119

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart
Author: Anne Steele

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Ah, wretched, vile, ungrateful heart. Anne Steele. [Lent.] Under the title of "The Inconstant Heart," this hymn was published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 119, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; again in the next edition, 1780; and again in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863. Its use is unknown, or nearly so, in Great Britain, but in America it is given in several of the most important modern collections, including Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 970, and others. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns #90

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d6

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d15

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d10

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #371

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H296

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #296

Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United #d2

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Hymns for Church and Home #90

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Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #94

Parish Psalmody #d9

Parish Psalmody #d10

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #119

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d6

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Seamen's Hymns #373

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d6

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d7

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #562

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Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #562

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Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #562

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Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #562

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #562

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #562

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Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #1002

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #830

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #285.830

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The Baptist Hymn Book #830

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The Chapel hymn book, with tunes: for the worship of God #499

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #206

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #206

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #773

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d16

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