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 is the gospel peace and love? Anne Steele. [Example of Christ.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760-80, vol. i. pp. 122-123: and repeated in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, &c, 1863, pp. 75-76. It is in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Example of Christ." In 1787 it was introduced into congregational use by Dr. Rippon, in his Baptist Selection of Hymns, No. 166. This was followed by the Baptist New Selection, 1828, No. 121, and others to modern collections. In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 555, stanzas i., ii., iii., and vi. are given unaltered. It is also in American use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: And is the gospel peace and loveFirst Line: And is the gospel peace and love!Tune Title: FARMINGTONAuthor: Anne SteeleDate: 1992Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1, 1760