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Our Example

And is the gospel peace and love?

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 194 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 And is the gospel peace and love?
Such let our conversation be;
The serpent blended with the dove
Wisdom and meek simplicity.

2 When'er the angry passions rise,
And tempt our thoughts and tongues to strife;
To Jesus let us lift our eyes,
Bright Pattern of the Christian life.

3 Dispensing good where'er he came,
The labors of his life were love;
Then if we bear the Saviour's name,
By his example let us move.

4 O, how benevolent and kind!
How mild how ready to forgive!
Be this the temper of our mind,
And these the rules by which we live.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #629

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was the daughter of Particular Baptist preacher and timber merchant William Steele. She spent her entire life in Broughton, Hampshire, near the southern coast of England, and devoted much of her time to writing. Some accounts of her life portray her as a lonely, melancholy invalid, but a revival of research in the last decade indicates that she had been more active and social than what was previously thought. She was theologically conversant with Dissenting ministers and "found herself at the centre of a literary circle that included family members from various generations, as well as local literati." She chose a life of singleness to focus on her craft. Before Christmas in 1742, she declined a marriage proposal from contemporar… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: And is the gospel peace and love?
Title: Our Example
Author: Anne Steele
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



The Cyber Hymnal #9488
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