Hope in Darkness

O God, my Sun, thy blissful rays

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 34 hymnals

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Hope in Darkness

I. God is my sun, his blissful rays
Irradiate, warm, and guide my heart!
How dark, how mournful, are my days,
If his enliv'ning beams depart!

II. Scarce through the shades, a glimpse of day
Appears to these desiring eyes;
But shall my drooping spirit say,
The chearful morn will never rise?

III. O let me not despairing mourn,
Though gloomy darkness spreads the sky;
My glorious sun will yet return,
And night with all its horrors fly.

IV. Hope, in the absence of my Lord,
Shall be my taper; sacred light,
Kindled at his celestial word,
To cheer the melancholy night!

V. O for the bright the joyful day,
When hope shall in assurance die!
So tapers lose their feeble ray,
Beneath the sun's refulgent eye.

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 God, my Sun, thy blissful rays
Title: Hope in Darkness
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English



Instances (1 - 34 of 34)

A Selection of Hymns #d202

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d370

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #222

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d160


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #126

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #295

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #949a

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