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My God, to thee I call

My God, to thee I call

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 2 hymnals

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I. My God, to thee I call—
Must I forever mourn?
So far from thee, my life, my all?
O when wilt thou return!

II. Dark as the shades of night
My gloomy sorrows rise,
And hide thy soul-reviving light
From these desiring eyes.

III. My comforts all decay,
My inward foes prevail;
If thou withhold thy healing ray,
Expiring hope will fail.

IV. Away distressing fears,
My gracious God is nigh,
And heav'nly pity sees my tears,
And marks each rising sigh.

V. Dear source of all my joys,
And solace of my care,
O wilt thou hear my plaintive
And grant my humble pray'r!

VI. These envious clouds remove,
Thy cheering light restore,
Confirm my int'rest in thy love
'Till I can doubt no more.

VII. Then if my troubles rise,
To thee, my God, I'll flee,
And raise my hopes above the skies,
And cast my cares on thee.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #143

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, to thee I call
Author: Anne Steele