I. Hence, vain, intruding world depart,
No more allure or vex my heart;
Let ev'ry vanity begone,
I would be peaceful and alone.
II. Here let me search my inmost mind,
And try its real state to find,
The secret springs of thought explore,
And call my words and actions o'er.
III. Reflect how soon my life will end,
And think on what my hopes depend,
What aim my busy thoughts pursue,
What work is done, and what to do.
IV. Eternity is just at hand;
And shall I waste my ebbing sand,
And careless view departing day,
And throw my inch of time away?
V. Eternity, tremendous sound!
To guilty souls, a dreadful wound;
But oh! if Christ and heav'n be mine,
How sweet the accents! how divine!
VI. Be this my chief, my only care,
My high pursuit, my ardent pray'r,
An int'rest in the Saviour's blood,
My pardon seal'd, and peace with God.
VII. But should my brightest hopes be vain,
The rising doubt, how sharp its pain!
My fears, O gracious God, remove,
Confirm my title to thy love.
VIII. Search, Lord, O search my inmost heart,
And light, and hope, and joy impart;
From guilt and error set me free,
And guide me safe to heav'n and thee.
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #124
Hence, vain intruding world, depart. Anne Steele. [Retirement and Reflection.] first published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 124, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, again in the new edition, 1780; and again in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863. In its full form it is not in common use, but an abridged form beginning with stanza iv., "Eternity is just at hand," appeared in the 2nd edition of Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1787, No. 410, and is repeated in several modern collections; but mainly in America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 14 of 14)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCXXII||Thou vain, intruding world, depart!||1823|
|Hymns for the Sanctuary #438||Thou vain, intruding world, depart!||Mrs. Steele||1849|
|Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d89||Hence [Thou] vain, intruding world depart||Anne Steele||1833|
|Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #151||Thou vain intruding world depart!||Mrs. Steele||1808|
|Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #164||Thou vain intruding world, depart||1808|
|Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #124||Retirement and Reflection||Hence, vain, intruding world depart||1760|
|Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs ... for the Use of the United Church of Christ, Commonly Called Free Will Baptist #d98||Hence [Thou] vain, intruding world depart||Anne Steele||1823|
|Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #343||Thou vain intruding world, depart||1830|
|Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d182||Hence [Thou] vain, intruding world depart||Anne Steele||1817|
|Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d181||Hence [Thou] vain, intruding world depart||Anne Steele||1812|
|Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.CCXLVI||Thou vain, intruding world depart||1795|
|Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d121||Hence [Thou] vain, intruding world depart||Anne Steele||1825|
|Selection of Hymns, for Public Worship designed to be used with Watts' #48||Thou vain intruding world, depart!||Mrs. Steele||L. M.||1827|
|The Evangelical Songster: or, a New Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d40||Hence [Thou] vain, intruding world depart||Anne Steele||1812|