Death, 'tis a name with terror fraught

Death, 'tis a name with terror fraught

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 4 hymnals

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I. Death! 'tis a name with terror fraught;
It rends the guilty heart,
When conscience wakes remorseful thought,
With agonizing smart.

II. 'Tis guilt alone provokes that frown
Which all the soul alarms;
Gives terror to the monarch's crown,
And conquest to his arms!

III. Dear Saviour, thy victorious love
Can all his force controul,
Can bid the pangs of guilt remove,
And chear the trembling soul.

IV. Victorious love! thy wond'rous pow'r
From sin and death can raise;
Can gild the dark departing hour,
And tune its groans to praise.

V. Then shall the joyful spirit soar
To life beyond the skies,
Where gloomy death can frown no more,
And guilt and terror dies.

VI. No more, O pale destroyer, boast
Thy universal sway;
To heav'n-born souls thy sting is lost,
Thy night, the gates of day.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #107

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: Death, 'tis a name with terror fraught
Author: Anne Steele
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d75


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #107

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