Almighty Father, gracious Lord

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1 Almighty Father, gracious Lord,
Kind guardian of my days,
Thy mercies let my heart record
In songs of grateful praise.

2 In life's first dawn, my tender frame
Was thy indulgent care,
Long ere I could pronounce thy name,
Or breathe the infant prayer.

3 Each rolling year new favors brought
From thy exhaustless store;
But, ah! in vain my laboring thought
Would count thy mercies o'er.

4 While sweet reflection, through my day,
Thy bounteous hand would trace,
Still dearer blessings claim thy praise,
The blessings of thy grace.

5 Yes, I adore thee, gracious Lord!
For favors more divine;
That I have known thy sacred word,
Where all thy glories shine.

6 Lord, when this mortal frame decays,
And every weakness dies,
Complete the wonders of thy grace,
And raise me to the skies.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #411

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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Author: Anne Steele


Almighty Father, gracious Lord. Anne Steele. [Providence and Grace.] "Praise to God for the Blessings of Providence and Grace,” is the title of this hymn in 16 stanzas of 4 lines in her Poems, &c, 1760, and 2nd edition 1780. A cento therefrom in Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, 1849-65, is composed of st. i., ii., vii.-ix., xv., and xvi. It is also found in some American collections. Another arrangement of stanzas beginning with the first stanza was included in Cotterill's Selection 1810. Of this, stanza iii., 11. 5-8, is altered from Cowper. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #514

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #411

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #155

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Chapel Hymns #d15

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Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d22

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Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #29

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #152

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Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #25

Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d10

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Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d7

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #87

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #87

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #37

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #87

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #87

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Seamen's Hymns #29

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Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #3

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Sunday-School Hymns #48

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #33

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The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d15

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