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 Maker, and my King; to Thee my whole I owe. Anne Steele. [God, Creator and Benefactor.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, &c, 1760, vol. i. p. 48, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "God my Creator and Benefactor." It was repeated in her Poems, &c, 1780; and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863. Two forms of this hymn are in common use (1) The first is the original in its full or abridged form. This came into common use through the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash & Evans, 1769, where it is No. 25, and signed "T." (2) The second is:—
"My Maker and my King!
What thanks to Thee I owe."
This appeared in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 286, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in E. Osier's Church and King, June 1,1837. It was rewritten from Miss Steele's hymn by Osier for the Mitre Hymn Book, and should be given as Anne Steele, 1760; E. Osier, 1836.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)