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Psalm CXXXIII

How pleasing is the scene, how sweet

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 16 hymnals

Representative Text

I. How pleasing is the scene, how sweet!
When kindred souls in friendship join;
Whose joys and cares united meet,
In bands of amity divine.

II. Less fragrant was the ointment pour'd
On Aaron's consecrated head,
When balmy sweets profusely shower'd,
Down to his sacred vesture spread.

III. Not flow'ry Hermon e'er display'd,
(Impearl'd with dew,) a fairer sight;
Nor Sion's beauteous hills, array'd
In golden beams of morning light.

IV. 'Tis here the Lord indulgent sheds
His kindest gifts, a heav'nly store;
With life immortal crowns their heads,
When earth's frail comforts please no more.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #227

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was the daughter of Particular Baptist preacher and timber merchant William Steele. She spent her entire life in Broughton, Hampshire, near the southern coast of England, and devoted much of her time to writing. Some accounts of her life portray her as a lonely, melancholy invalid, but a revival of research in the last decade indicates that she had been more active and social than what was previously thought. She was theologically conversant with Dissenting ministers and "found herself at the centre of a literary circle that included family members from various generations, as well as local literati." She chose a life of singleness to focus on her craft. Before Christmas in 1742, she declined a marriage proposal from contemporar… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How pleasing is the scene, how sweet
Title: Psalm CXXXIII
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: Public Domain

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Christian Hymns #223

Conference Hymns and Tunes #d38

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d104

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d95

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #227

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d206

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #497

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d156

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #347

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #347

The New Village Harmony #d43

The Sunday School Choir and Superintendent's Assistant #d62

The Universalist Hymn Book #d203

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The Universalist Hymn-Book #572

Universalist Hymn Book #d217

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