Psalm CXXX

From the dark borders of despair

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 2 hymnals

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I. From the dark borders of despair
To thee, my God, I cry;
O wilt thou pitying hear my pray'r,
And ev'ry plaintive sigh.

II. Lord, who shall stand before thy face,
If thou shouldn't mark our faults
With eye severe? What hope of grace
Could chear my mournful thoughts?

III. But sov'reign mercy dwells with thee,
Hope dawns amid my fears;
Divine forgiveness, large and free,
Shall stay my flowing tears.

IV. On God alone my soul would wait,
His sacred word my stay;
His sacred word can light create,
And turn my night to day.

V. As those who wait with longing eyes
To see the chearful morn,
So shall my ardent wishes rise,
'Till thou, my God, return.

VI. Let fainting Israel on the Lord
With chearful hope recline,
For pow'r and mercy in his word
With boundless glory shine.

VII. Unnumber'd thro' their sins appear,
And fill their hearts with pain,
His saving love dispels their fear,
And cleanses ev'ry stain.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #225

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: From the dark borders of despair
Title: Psalm CXXX
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: Public Domain



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