Psalm 3

Lord, how my numerous foes increase

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Tune: KENT (Lampe)
Published in 4 hymnals

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I. Lord, how my num'rous foes increase!
How fast my troubles rise!
To thee, the sacred spring of peace,
My wearied spirit flies.

II. My num'rous foes awake my fears,
While they exulting boast,
"No heav'nly aid for him appears,
And all his hopes are lost."

III. But thou, my glory, and my shield,
Wilt all my fears controul;
A strong defence thy arm shall yield,
And raise my drooping soul.

IV. To God I breath'd my ardent cry,
He, gracious heard my pray'r;
It reach'd his sacred throne on high,
And he remov'd my care.

V. I laid me down and slept secure,
I wak'd, for God was nigh;
Sustain'd by his almighty pow'r,
My guard his watchful eye.

VI. What tho' ten thousand foes in arms
Against me should appear;
And war resound its dire alarms,
I will not yield to fear.

VII. Arise, O Lord, with saving pow'r
In my defence engage;
As oft thy potent arm before
Has crush'd their impious rage.

VIII. Salvation, Lord, is thine alone,
And all thy saints shall find
The bliss my thankful heart has known,
A God forever kind.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #135

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was the daughter of Particular Baptist preacher and timber merchant William Steele. She spent her entire life in Broughton, Hampshire, near the southern coast of England, and devoted much of her time to writing. Some accounts of her life portray her as a lonely, melancholy invalid, but a revival of research in the last decade indicates that she had been more active and social than what was previously thought. She was theologically conversant with Dissenting ministers and "found herself at the centre of a literary circle that included family members from various generations, as well as local literati." She chose a life of singleness to focus on her craft. Before Christmas in 1742, she declined a marriage proposal from contemporar… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, how my numerous foes increase
Title: Psalm 3
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: Public Domain



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