O blest religion, heavenly fair

O blest religion, heavenly fair

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 4 hymnals

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I. O blest religion, heav'nly fair!
Thy kind, thy healing pow'r,
Can sweeten pain, alleviate care,
And gild each gloomy hour.

II. When dismal thoughts, and boding fears
The trembling heart invade;
And all the face of nature wears,
A universal shade:

III. Thy sacred dictates can asswage
The tempest of the soul,
And ev'ry fear shall lose its rage
At thy divine controul.

IV. Thro' life's bewilder'd, darksome way,
Thy hand unerring leads;
And o'er the path, thy heav'nly ray,
A chearing lustre sheds.

V. When feeble reason, tir'd and blind,
Sinks helpless and afraid;
Thou blest supporter of the mind,
How pow'rful is thy aid!

VI. O let my heart confess thy pow'r,
And find thy sweet relief,
To brighten ev'ry gloomy hour,
And soften ev'ry grief.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #35

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: O blest religion, heavenly fair
Author: Anne Steele
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d155


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #35

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