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How blest are they, how truly wise

How blest are they, how truly wise

Author (st. 1): Anne Steele
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 How blest are they, how truly wise,
Who learn and keep the sacred road!
Happy the men whom Heav'n employs
To turn rebellious hearts to God!

2 While these declare the written word
And prove their doctrine from the Lord,
To him, in them respect we'll pay
And bless the doctrines they convey.

3 Let them instruct we would be wise;
Their just reproofs we'll not despise;
But meet with love their faithful cares,
And joy with them our fervent prayers.

4 May peace from heav'n upon them rest,
And be their labours greatly blest,
To save from sin, sad hearts relieve—
And may they share the joys they give.

Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CL

Author (st. 1): 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: How blest are they, how truly wise
Author (st. 1): Anne Steele
Source: From "There is a glorious world on high"
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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