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 >
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)
Display Title: Come, Lord, And Warm Each Languid HeartFirst Line: Come, Lord, and warm each languid heartTune Title: COLCHESTERAuthor: Anne SteeleMeter: CMSource: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, 1760