Happy the soul whose wishes climb

Happy the soul whose wishes climb

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 32 hymnals

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1 Happy the man whose wishes climb
To mansions in the skies!
He looks on all the joys of time
With undesiring eyes.

2 In vain soft pleasure spreads her charms,
And throws her silken chain;
And wealth and fame invite his arms,
And tempt his ear in vain.

3 He knows that all these glitt'ring things
Must yield to sure decay;
And sees on time's extended wings
How swift they flee away.

4 To things unseen by mortal eyes,
A beam of sacred light
Directs his view; his prospects rise
All permanent and bright.

5 His hopes are fix'd on joys to come:
Those blissful scenes on high
Shall flourish in immortal bloom,
When time and nature die.

Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #370

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: Happy the soul whose wishes climb
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #243

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #346

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #475

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #198

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #198

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #370

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #539

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #372

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #372

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #372

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #97

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The Book of Worship #380

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #267

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