My God, the visits of thy face

My God, the visits of thy face

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 25 hymnals

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1 My God, the visits of thy face
Afford superior joy
To all the flatt'ring world can give,
Or mortal hopes employ.

2 But clouds and darkness intervene,
My brightest joys decline;
And earth's fay trifles oft ensnare
This wand'ring heart of mine.

3 Lord, guide this wand'ring heart to thee;
Unsatisfied I stray;
Break through the shades of sense and sin
With thy enliv'ning ray.

4 O let thy beams resplendent shine,
And ev'ry cloud remove;
Transform my pow'rs, and fit my soul
For happier scenes above.

5 Lord, raise my faith, my hope, my heart,
To those transporting joys;
Then shall I scorn each little snare,
Which this vain world employs.

6 Then, though I sink in death's cold sleep,
To life shall I awake;
And, in the likeness of my God,
Of heav'nly bliss partake.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #223

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: My God, the visits of thy face
Author: Anne Steele

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #P.XVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #437

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #241

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #241

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #233

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d183

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #564

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #277

Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d156

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #29

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #32

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