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 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 >

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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