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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

Dear center of my best soul's desires

Dear center of my best soul's desires

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 7 hymnals

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I. Dear center of my best desires,
And sov'reign of my heart,
What sweet delight thy name inspires!
What bliss thy smiles impart!

II. Jesus—O loveliest, dearest name!
And wilt thou condescend
To own the bold, yet humble claim,
My everlasting friend?

III. Too oft, alas, my passions rove,
In search of meaner charms;
Trifles unworthy of my love
Divide me from thy arms.

IV. Ye teazing vanities depart,
I seek my absent Lord;
No balm to ease my aking heart,
Can all your joys afford.

V. Come, dearest Lord, with pow'r divine,
And drive thy foes away;
O be my heart, my passions thine,
And never, never stray.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #163

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: Dear center of my best soul's desires
Author: Anne Steele



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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #163

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Revival Hymns #103

Supplement to Watts #d90

The Baptist Harmony #d85

The Baptist Harmony #d85

The Choice #H74

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The Choice #H74

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