Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear

Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 2 hymnals

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: Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear
Author: Anne Steele


Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear. Anne Steele. [Death and burial.] In 1760 Miss Steele published in her Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, &c, vol. ii. p. 71, an ode "On the death of Mr. Hervey," in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and beginning, "O Hervey, honoured name, forgive the tear." From this ode stanzas i., ii. are taken, altered to "Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear," and used as a hymn in a few collections, including Ellen Courtauld's Psalms, Hymns, &c, 1853, and the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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