To Amira on the death of her son

Enough to nature and to grief is paid

Author: Anne Steele (1780)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Enough to nature and to grief is paid,
Indulge no more these unavailing tears;
Not all your comforts in the grave are laid,
Through grief's dark shade a lucid ray appears.

A ray of heaven fair beaming through the gloom!
Bids fainting hope lift up her languid eyes;
While faith directs her view beyond the tomb,
To those bright scenes where joys immortal rise.

Cleans'd, in the Saviour's blood, from every stain,
Think with what transport you will meet above,
(For ever free from sin and grief and pain)
The dear, departed object of your love!

Then, though your bleeding heart its loss deplore,
O yet be each repining thought supprest,
That sovereign hand, which cannot err, adore,
Here, may your heart with full affiance rest.

Indulgent mercy blends, with lenient skill,
Sweet cordials with the bitter cup of woe:
And many a friend, and many a comfort still,
Are kindly spar'd to cheer your stay below.

Your stay, perhaps for high important ends,
May be prolong'd through many circling years,
A blessing to your partner, children, friends,
And future comfort pay your present tears.

May humble resignation calm your breast,
And faith enjoy, with heaven illumin'd eye,
A prospect of the regions of the blest,
Where pleasures bloom, that never, never die!

Source: Miscellaneous Pieces in Verse and Prose #18

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 >

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First Line: Enough to nature and to grief is paid
Title: To Amira on the death of her son
Author: Anne Steele (1780)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1780
Copyright: This text is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1929.


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Miscellaneous Pieces in Verse and Prose #18

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