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My God, whene'er my longing heart

My God, whene'er my longing heart

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 19 hymnals

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I. My God, whene'er my longing heart
The praiseful tribute would impart,
In vain my tongue with feeble aim,
Attempts the glories of thy name.

II. In vain my boldest thoughts arise,
I sink to earth and lose the skies;
Yet I may still thy grace implore,
And low in dust thy name adore.

III. O let thy grace my heart inspire,
And raise each languid, weak desire;
Thy grace, which condescends to meet
The sinner prostrate at thy feet.

IV. With humble fear let love unite,
And mix devotion with delight;
Then shall thy name be all my joy,
Thy praise, my constant blest employ.

V. Thy name inspires the harps above
With harmony, and praise, and love;
That grace which tunes th'immortal strings,
Looks kindly down on mortal things.

VI. O let thy grace guide ev'ry song,
And fill my heart and tune my tongue;
Then shall the strain harmonious flow,
And heav'ns sweet work begin below.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #2

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, whene'er my longing heart
Author: Anne Steele
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)

A Collection of Hymns for the Sanctuary. Rev.ed. with a Supplement #d51

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #XXVII

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Church Psalmist #30

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Church Psalmist #30

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Church Psalmist #30

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #266

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #91


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #2

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Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns #152

Sacred poetry #d308

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Sacred Poetry #aH.CLXXI

Sacred Poetry #d307

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Sacred Poetry #H.CLXXI

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Seamen's Hymns #30

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d399

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Social Psalmist #30

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d241

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d238

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