I. How vain a thought is bliss below!
'Tis all an airy dream!
How empty are the joys that flow
On pleasure's smiling stream!
II. Now gayly-painted bubbles rise
With varied colours bright;
They break, the short amusement flies—
Can this be call'd delight?
III. Transparent now, and all serene
The gentle current flows:
While fancy draws the flatt'ring scene,
How fair the landskip shows!
IV. But soon its transient charms decay,
When ruffling tempests blow;
The soft delusions fleet away,
And pleasure ends in woe.
V. Why do I here expect repose?
Or seek for bliss in vain?
Since every pleasure earth bestows,
Is but dissembled pain.
VI. O let my nobler wishes soar
Beyond these seats of night;
In heav'n substantial bliss explore,
And permanent delight!
VII. There pleasure flows forever clear;
And rising to the view
Such dazling scenes of joy appear,
As fancy never drew.
VIII. No fleeting landskip cheats the gaze,
Nor airy form beguiles;
But everlasting bliss displays
Her undissembled smiles.
IX. Adieu to all below the skies,
Celestial guardian come!
On thy kind wing my soul would rise
To her eternal home.
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #55
|Instances (1 - 15 of 15)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #430||How vain a thought is bliss below!||Mrs. Steele||1846|
|A New Selection of Hymns; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations, as a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #460||How vain a thought is bliss below||1812|
|A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #430||How vain a thought is bliss below!||Mrs. Steele||1818|
|A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #430||How vain a thought is bliss below||Mrs. Steele||1812||Afflictions and Changes of Life ||
|Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d402||How vain a thought is bliss below||Anne Steele||1856|
|Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #702||How vain a thought is bliss below!||1847|
|Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #702||Earthly and heavenly Good||How vain a thought is bliss below||C. M.||1845|
|Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #702||How vain a thought is bliss below!||1843|
|Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #55||Pleasure||How vain a thought is bliss below!||1760|
|Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #400||How vain a thought is bliss below!||1830|
|Seamen's Hymns #685||How vain a thought is bliss below||Anne Steele||1846|
|Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d286||How vain a thought is bliss below||Anne Steele||1859|
|Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #702||How vain a thought is bliss below||Anne Steele||1843|
|The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #536||How vain a thought is bliss below||Anne Steele||1849|
|The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #430||How vain a thought is bliss below!||Mrs. Steele||1819|