In vain my roving thoughts would find

In vain my roving thoughts would find

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 In vain my roving thoughts would find
A portion worthy of the mind:
On earth my soul can never rest,
For earth can never make me blest.

2 Can lasting happiness be found,
Where seasons roll their hasty round,
And days and hours with rapid flight
Sweep cares and pleasures out of sight?

3 Arise, my thoughts! my heart arise!
Leave this vain world, and seek the skies:
There joys for everyone shall last,
When seasons, days, and hours are past.

4 Thy mercy, Lord, to me impart:
O raise my thoughtless, wand'ring, heart
To pleasures perfect and sublime,
Unmeasur'd by the wings of time.

5 Let those bright worlds of endless joy
My thoughts, my hopes, my cares employ.
No more, ye restless passions, roam:
God is my bliss, and heav'n my home.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #224

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 my roving thoughts would find
Author: Anne Steele



Instances (1 - 25 of 25)

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d165

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #425

Gospel Hymn and Tune Book #d179


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #102

Prison Hymn Book #d162

Psalmista: or, Choir Melodies #d132

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #617

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #214.617

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The Baptist Hymn Book #617

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #499

The Imperial Harmony #d124

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The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #575

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #575

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #664

The Victory #d176

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