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 >
My God, my Father, blissful Name. Anne Steele. [Humility and Trust.] Appeared in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 114, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Humble Reliance." It was repeated in the 2nd edition of the Poems, 1780, and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 70. In its full original form it is not usually found in common use; but the following centos therefrom are given in several hymnbooks in Great Britain and America:—
1. My God, my Father, blissful Name. Composed of stanzas i.-iv., vi.-viii. in the Baptist New Selection, 1828; the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858; the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, &c.
2. My God, my Father, charming Name. This is usually No. 1, with the alteration of the opening line.
3. Lord, what Thy providence denies. Composed of stanzas iii., iv., vii., viii. in the 1863 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, and others.
4. My God, whate'er Thy will ordains. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 1211, is a cento from this hymn and Miss Steele's "Dear Refuge of my weary soul."
NAOMI was a melody that Lowell Mason (PHH 96) brought to the United States from Europe and arranged as a hymn tune; the arrangement was first published in the periodical Occasional Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1836). Some scholars have attributed the original melody to Johann G. Nageli (PHH 315), but there…