Faith leads to joys beyond the sky

Faith leads to joys beyond the sky

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 4 hymnals

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I. Faith leads to joys beyond the sky;
Why then is this weak mind
Afraid to raise a chearful eye
To more than sense can find?

II. Sense can but furnish scenes of woe,
In this low vale of tears;
No groves of heav'nly pleasure grow,
No paradise appears.

III. Ah! why should this mistaken mind
Still rove with restless pain?
Delight on earth expect to find,
Yet still expect in vain?

IV. Faith, rising upward, points her view
To regions in the skies;
There lovelier scenes than Eden knew,
In bright perspective rise.

V. Oh! If this heav'n-born grace were mine,
Would not my spirit soar,
Transported gaze on joys divine,
And cleave to earth no more?

VI. If in my heart true faith appears,
How weak the sacred ray!
Feebly aspiring, prest with fears,
Almost it dies away.

VII. O thou, from whose almighty breath
It first began to rise,
Purge off these mists, these dregs of earth,
And bid it reach the skies.

VIII. Let this weak, erring mind no more,
On earth bewilder'd rove,
But with celestial ardour soar
To endless joys above.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #70

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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