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 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: 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 in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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Miscellaneous Pieces in Verse and Prose #18

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