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Come, thou desire of all thy saints

Come, thou desire of all thy saints

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 183 hymnals

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1 Come, thou desire of all thy saints,
Our humble strains attend,
While, with our praises and complaints,
Low at thy feet we bend.

2 When we thy wondrous glories hear,
And all thy sufferings trace,
What sweetly awful scenes appear!
What rich unbounded grace!

3 How should our songs, like those above,
With warm devotion rise!
How should our souls, on wings of love,
Mount upward to the skies!

4 Come, Lord, thy love alone can raise
In us the heavenly flame;
Then shall our lips resound thy praise,
Our hearts adore thy name.

5 Dear Saviour, let thy glory shine,
And fill thy dwellings here,
Till life, and love, and joy divine
A heaven on earth appear.

A New Selection of Hymns, 1812

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: Come, thou desire of all thy saints
Author: Anne Steele
Language: English


Come, Thou desire of all Thy saints. Anne Steele. [Public Worship.] This hymn appeared with the heading, "Intreating the Presence of Christ in His Churches," in the author's Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 76 (2nd ed., 1780, vol. i. p. 76). In 1769 it was reprinted in the Bristol Collection of Ash & Evans, and was thus brought into common use. Its American use is much greater than that in Great Britain. It is usually abbreviated, and is sometimes given, as in the Church Pastorals, Boston, U. S., 1864, as "Come, O Thou King of all Thy saints." This cento is made of stanzas i., vi., vii. Original text in Sedgwick's reprint of Miss Steele's Hymns, 1863.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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