Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

In vain the erring world inquires

In vain the erring world inquires

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 18 hymnals

Representative Text

I. In vain the erring world enquires,
For true substantial good:
While earth confines their low desires,
They live on airy food.

II. Illusive dreams of happiness,
Their eager thoughts employ;
They wake, convinc'd their boasted bliss
Was visionary joy.

III. Begone, ye gilded vanities;
I seek some solid good;
To real bliss my wishes rise,
The favour of my God.

IV. My God, to thee my soul aspires;
Dispel the shades of night,
Enlarge and fill these vast desires,
With infinite delight.

V. Immortal joy thy smiles impart,
Heav'n dawns in ev'ry ray;
One glimpse of thee will glad my heart,
And turn my night to day.

VI. Not all the good which earth bestows,
Can fill the craving mind;
Its highest joys have mingled woes,
And leave a sting behind.

VII. Should boundless wealth increase my store—
Can wealth my cares beguile?
I should be wretched still, and poor
Without thy blissful smile.

VIII. Grant, O my God, this one request:
Oh, be thy love alone
My ample portion,—here I rest,
For heav'n is in the boon.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #30

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: In vain the erring world inquires
Author: Anne Steele

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 18 of 18)
Page Scan

A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #141

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d450

Page Scan

Church Psalmist #P4d

Page Scan

Church Psalmist #P4d

Page Scan

Church Psalmist #P4d

Page Scan

Hymn Book for Christian Worship #596

Hymns and Tunes for Vestry and Conference Meetings #d41

Hymns and Tunes for Vestry and Conferences. 2nd ed. #d37

Text

Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #30

Sacred poetry #d222

Sacred Poetry #d221

Page Scan

Sacred Poetry #H.CXXVIII

The Christian Psalter #d268

The Universalist Hymn Book #d228

Page Scan

The Universalist Hymn-Book #360

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us



Advertisements