The Heavenly Guest

And will the Lord thus condescend

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 89 hymnals

Representative Text

1 And will the Lord thus condescend
To visit sinful worms?
Thus at the door shall mercy stand
In all her winning forms?

2 Surprising grace!--and shall my heart
Unmoved and cold remain?
Has this hard rock no tender part?
Must mercy please in vain?

3 Shall Jesus for admission sue--
His charming voice unheard?
And this vile heart, his rightful due,
Remain for ever barred?

4 'Tis sin, alas! with tyrant power,
My heart hath long oppressed;
And crowds of traitors bar the door
Against the heavenly guest.

5 Ye dangerous inmates, hence depart:
Dear Saviour, enter in,
And guard the passage to my heart,
And keep out every sin.

Source: The Book of Worship #64

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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First Line: And will the Lord thus condescend
Title: The Heavenly Guest
Author: Anne Steele
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


And will the Lord thus condescend? Anne Steele. [The Love of Christ]. First published in her Poems, 1760, vol. i. p. 67, in (5 stanzas of 4 lines, based on Rev. iii. 20, and entitled "The Heavenly Guest." In 1769 it was included in the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash and Evans, and came thus into common use. It was also repeated in a new edition of the Poems, 1780, and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 42. At the present time its use is mainly confined to America. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d20

A Selection of Hymns #d10

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CVIII

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Chapel Hymns #d26

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d52

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d56

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Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #274

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H184

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #184

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Hymns for Christian Melody #225

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d16

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #202

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #202

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #202

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #202

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New Union Hymns #258

Parish Psalmody #d34

Parish Psalmody #d36

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #436


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #67

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d37

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H416

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d17

Revival Hymns. 4th ed. #d8

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d14

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Sacred Poetry #249

Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d24

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Seamen's Hymns #274

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d25

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #S16

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d16

The American Seaman's Hymn Book: a Collection of Sacred Songs for the Use of Mariners #d12

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The Baptist Praise Book #579

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #74

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The Book of Worship #64

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The Chapel hymn book, with tunes: for the worship of God #319

The Christian Lyre. Vol. II #d6

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The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #153

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #146

The Devotional Hymn Book #d32

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #499

Village Hymns #d24

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