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 >
Almighty Author of my frame. Anne Steele. [Praise.] The first hymn of her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. pp. 1-2, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Desiring to praise God." It was repeated in the new edition of the same, 1780, pp. 1-2, and again in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, &c, 1863. It came into common use through the Bristol Baptist Collection of Hymns of Ash and Evans, 1769, No. 40. Its modern use, except in America, is very limited.