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Lord of the earth, and sea, and skies

Lord of the earth, and sea, and skies

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

I. Lord of the earth, and seas, and skies,
All nature owns thy sov'reign pow'r;
At thy command the tempests rise,
At thy command the thunders roar.

II. We hear, with trembling and affright,
The voice of heav'n, (tremendous sound!)
Keen lightnings pierce the shades of night,
And spread bright horrors all around.

III. What mortal could sustain the stroke,
Should wrath divine in vengeful storms,
(Which our repeated crimes provoke,)
descend to crush rebellious worms?

IV. These dreadful glories of thy name
With terror would o'erwhelm our souls;
But mercy dawns with kinder beam,
And guilt and rising fear controuls.

V. O let thy mercy on my heart
With cheerful, healing radiance shine;
Bid ev'ry anxious fear depart,
And gently whisper, Thou art mine.

VI. Then safe beneath thy guardian care,
In hope serene my soul shall rest;
Nor storms nor dangers reach me there,
In thee, my God, my refuge, blest.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #24

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: Lord of the earth, and sea, and skies
Author: Anne Steele



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #24

Sacred poetry #d275

Sacred Poetry #d274

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Sacred Poetry #H.CLVI

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d262

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d156

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