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Great King of kings, eternal God

Great King of kings, eternal God

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 11 hymnals

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I. Great King of kings, eternal God,
Shall mortal creatures dare to raise
Their songs to thy supreme abode,
And join with angels in thy praise?

II. The brightest Seraph veils his face;
And low before thy dazling throne,
With prostrate homage all confess
Thou art the infinite unknown.

III. Man, ah how far remov'd below,
Wrapt in the shades of gloomy night:
His brightest day can only show
A few faint streaks of distant light.

IV. But see, the bright, the morning-star!
His beams shall chase the shades away;
His beams, resplendent from afar,
Sweet promise of immortal day!

V. To him, our longing eyes we raise,
Our guide to thee, the great unknown,
Thro' him, O may our humble praise
Accepted rise before thy throne.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #37

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: Great King of kings, eternal God
Author: Anne Steele

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #18

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #18

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #18

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Hymns for Social Worship #3

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #37

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d184

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #90

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #90

The Universalist Hymn Book #d171

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The Universalist Hymn-Book #32

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