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The Mysteries of Providence

Lord, how Mysterious are thy Ways!

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 77 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Lord, how mysterious are thy ways!
How blind are we, how mean our praise!
Thy steps no mortal eyes explore;
'Tis ours to wonder and adore.

2 I do not ask that I may see
What in the future waits for me;
Let righteousness attend my days,
And thine shall be the humble praise.

3 Are darkness and distress my share?
Give me to trust thy guardian care;
Enough for me, if love divine
At length through every cloud shall shine.

4 Yet this my soul desires to know,
Be this my only wish below,
That Christ is mine! this great request,
Grant, bounteous God, and I am blest.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #64

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: Lord, how Mysterious are thy Ways!
Title: The Mysteries of Providence
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #51

Include 76 pre-1979 instances
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