In vain I search creation o'er

In vain I search creation o'er

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 48 hymnals

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1 In vain I trace creation o'er
In search of solid rest:
The whole creation is too poor,
Too mean to make me blest.

2 Let earth and all her charms depart,
Unworthy of the mind;
In God alone this restless heart
Enduring bliss can find.

3 Thy favor, Lord, is all I want;
Here would my spirit rest:
Oh seal the rich, the boundless grant,
And make me fully blest!

Source: The Book of Worship #315

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: In vain I search creation o'er
Author: Anne Steele

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d247

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #740

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A Collection of Hymns #254

Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver #d121

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Bradbury's Sabbath School Melodies, and Family Choir #49

Chapel Hymns #d266

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Christian Melodies #91

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Christian Melodies #91

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Church Psalmody #H311

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Church Psalmody #311

Hymns and Tunes for Vestry and Conference Meetings #d40

Hymns and Tunes for Vestry and Conferences. 2nd ed. #d36

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Hymns for the Camp. (3rd ed. rev. and enl.) #85

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #311

Psalmista #d131

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H289

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Psalms and Hymns #351

Schools Lyrics #d102

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #407

Songs for the New Life #d299

Songs for the School #d79

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The American Sabbath School Singing Book #129

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The Baptist Psalmody #502

The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d87

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The Book of Worship #315

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The Choir #110b

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #308

The Devotional Hymn Book #d234

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The Harp #564

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a564

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The Lyrica #243

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The Mozart Collection of Sacred Music #76

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The New England Sabbath School Minstrel #131

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The Psalmist #593

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The Psalmist #593

The Psaltery #d125

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The Public School Hymnal #170

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #149c

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d477

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The Sabbath School Harp #46

The School Hymn and Tune Book #d96

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d395

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The Social Psalmist #178

The Southern Psalmist #d386

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d402

Union Hymns #d196

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