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 >
Awake, my soul, awake, my tongue. Anne Steele. [Ps. ciii.] This version of Ps. ciii. extends to 16 stanzas of 4 lines. It appeared in her Poems, &c, 1760, vol. ii. p. 206, and new edition, 1780. The cento given in Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840 and 1873; the American Baptist Service of Song, Boston, 1872, and others, is composed of stanzas i., ii., xi. and xvi. slightly altered. Original text in Sedgwick's reprint of Miss Steele's Hymns, 1863.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…