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O could our thoughts and wishes fly

O could our thoughts and wishes fly

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 157 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Above these gloomy shades,
To those bright worlds beyond the sky,
Which sorrow ne'er invades!

2 There joys unseen by mortal eyes,
Or reason's feeble ray,
In ever blooming prospects rise,
Unconscious of decay.

3 Lord, send a beam of light divine,
To guide our upward aim!
With one reviving touch of thine,
Our languid hearts inflame.

4 Then shall, on faith's sublimest wing,
Our ardent wishes rise
To those bright scenes, where pleasures spring
Immortal in the skies.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 >

Text Information

First Line: O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #728

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #954

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #1012

Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver #d179

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Better Than Pearls #138

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d623

Cantica Laudis #d215

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Carmina Sacra #85a

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Carmina Sacra #86a

Chapel Hymns #d395

Christ in Song #d392

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Christ in Song #813

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #330

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Christian Melodies #93

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Christian Melodies #93

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Christian Praise #191

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Christian Praise #191

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d653

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d754

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Church Melodies #308

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Church Psalmist #332

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Church Psalmist #332

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Church Psalmist #332

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Church Psalmody #H398

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Church Psalmody #398

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Evangelical Hymns #100

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d181

Glad News No.2 #d81

Gospel Hosannas #d71

Hallelujahs for Sunday Schools, Etc. #d81

Hear the Call #d95

His Voice of Love #99

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #698

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #650

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #854

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Hymns and Tunes #129

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Hymns and Tunes #139

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Hymns for Christian Melody #827

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Hymns for Social Worship #538

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d755

Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d312

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Hymns #993

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Hymns #993

Lights of Home #d67

Look and Live #d86

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #398

Melodies of the Church #d721

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Mission Songs #30

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New Manual of Praise #606

Our Songs of Faith #d75

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Pilgrim Songs for the Sunday School #131

Pleasures of Heaven #d72

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #584

Psalmista #d176

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d591

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #1240

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #369

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H332

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Psalms and Hymns #431

Sacred Lyrics #d88

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Sacred lyrics, or Select hymns #83

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #324

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #375

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Sacred Songs for Social Worship #254

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Seamen's Hymns #332

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d434

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Selah #97a

Select Hymns #d307

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Select Hymns #263

Social Hymn and Tune Book #d281

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Social Hymn Book #292

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Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #127

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Social Psalmist #332

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #254

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d291

Songs for the New Life #d442

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad757

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Songs for the Sanctuary #641

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Songs for the Sanctuary #641

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Songs for the Sanctuary #641

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #641

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #641

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Songs of Gladness for the Sabbath School #11a

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Songs of Gladness for the Sabbath School #11b

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Songs of Pilgrimage #1342

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Songs of the Church #1003

Supplement to Watts #d305

Telling Jesus No. 2 #d86

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Temple Melodies #189

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d273

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The American Vocalist #99a

The Awakening Trumpet #d78

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