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Psalm XIII

How long wilt thou, O God of grace

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 2 hymnals

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I. How long wilt thou, O God of grace,
Forget thy wonted love?
How long conceal thy shining face,
Nor bid the cloud remove?

II. How long shall my dejected soul,
(Thus pond'ring o'er her woes,)
In vain endeavor to controul
The pow'r of inward foes?

III. Lord, hear my pray'r, and heal my woes,
Arise with chearing light;
Or soon these wretched eyes will close
In everlasting night.

IV. The pow'rs of darkness will rejoice
To see my life decay,
And triumph with insulting voice
Around their trembling prey.

V. But, Lord, thy mercy hitherto
Has been my only trust;
Let mercy now my joys renew,
And raise me from the dust.

VI. Then shall my heart and tongue proclaim
The bounties of my God,
My songs with grateful rapture flame,
And spread thy praise abroad.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #141

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: How long wilt thou, O God of grace
Title: Psalm XIII
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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