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 >
And did the Holy and the Just. Anne Steele. [Redemption.] A more than usually successful hymn by this writer. It appeared in her Poems, etc., 1760 and 1780, vol. i. p. 175, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled, "The wonders of Redemption." It is based on 1 Pet. iii. 18. It was also included in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 108. It was first brought into common use by Ash and Evans in their Baptist Bristol Collection, 1769. Its use in Great Britain is limited, but in America it is found in many collections.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)