The Joys of Heaven

Come, Lord, and warm each languid heart

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 156 hymnals

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1 Come, Lord, and warm each languid heart,
Inspire each lifeless tongue;
And let the joys of heaven impart
Their influence to our song.

2 Sorrow, and pain, and ev'ry care,
And discord there shall cease;
And perfect joy and love sincere
Adorn the realms of peace.

3 The soul, from sin forever free,
Shall mourn its power no more;
But, clothed in spotless purity,
Redeeming love adore.

4 There on a throne, how dazzling bright
Th'exalted Saviour shines,
And beams ineffable delight
On all the heavenly minds.

5 There shall the foll'wers of the Lamb
Join in immortal songs,
And endless honors to His name
Employ their tuneful tongues.

6 Lord, tune our hearts to praise and love,
Our feeble notes inspire;
Till, in Thy blissful courts above,
We join th'angelic choir.

Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #578

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: Come, Lord, and warm each languid heart
Title: The Joys of Heaven
Author: Anne Steele
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Come, Lord, and warm each languid heart . Anne Steele. [Joys of Heaven.] First published in her vPoems, chiefly Devotional, &c, 1760, vol. i. p. 34 (2nd ed., 1780, vol. i. p. 34); and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 21. In the Ash & Evans Bristol Collection, 1769, 8 stanzas were given as No. 402, and were thus introduced into the Nonconformist hymnals. R. Conyers (Psalms & Hymns, 2nd ed., 1774, No. 360) and W. Row, through Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 2nd ed., 1787, No. 411, gave other centos to the Church of England. Centos, all beginning with stanza i., and usually compiled from one of those collections, are found in a great number of hymnals both in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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