Life a Journey

Life is a journey, heav'n my home

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 1 hymnal

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I. Life is a journey, heav'n my home,
And shall I negligently stray?
In paths of danger heedless roam,
Forget my guide, forget my way?

II. Think, O my soul, each flying hour
Thy folly chides, thy speed alarms;
And shall an insect, or a flow'r
Amuse thee with their painted charms?

III. Such are the objects earth displays,
To tempt my stay, and gain my heart!
And shall I fondly, vainly gaze?
Ye shining trifles, hence depart.

IV. O think what glorious scenes above,
In bright unbounded prospect rise!
Nor let one vagrant passion rove,
Nor leave a wish below the skies.

V. But ah! how weak my best desires,
My warmest ardours soon decay;
My fainting soul, 'till grace inspires,
Can ne'er pursue the heav'nly way.

VI. On thee I lean, all-gracious God,
O breathe new life thro' all my pow'rs,
Teach me to keep thy sacred road,
And well improve my remnant hours.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #99

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: Life is a journey, heav'n my home
Title: Life a Journey
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #99

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