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Psalm VIII

O Lord, how glorious is thy name

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O Lord, how glorious is thy name,
Through the wide earth's extended frame1
Majestick glories form they seat,
And heaven adores beneath thy feet.

2 When all thy shining works on high
We meditate with raptur'd eye;
The silver moon, the starry train,
Which gild the fair etherial plain:

3 Lord, what is man, that he should share
Thy notice, thy indulgent care?
That man, frail child of earth, should be
The favourite of the Deity?

4 His place, thy forming hand assign'd,
But just below th' angelick kind;
With noblest favours circled round,
And with distinguish'd honours crown'd,

5 Invested him with power and sway,
And bid the subject brutes obey;
Sovereign of all thy works below,
To him the meaner creatures bow;

6 The blessing flocks, the lowing herds,
The gliding fish, the flying birds;
All that the earth's wide circuit yields,
Natives of air, or seas, or fields.

7 But still let man, adoring, own
That Thou, O Lord, art King alone;
And through the earth's extended frame
Declare the glories of thy name.

Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XVII

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was the daughter of Particular Baptist preacher and timber merchant William Steele. She spent her entire life in Broughton, Hampshire, near the southern coast of England, and devoted much of her time to writing. Some accounts of her life portray her as a lonely, melancholy invalid, but a revival of research in the last decade indicates that she had been more active and social than what was previously thought. She was theologically conversant with Dissenting ministers and "found herself at the centre of a literary circle that included family members from various generations, as well as local literati." She chose a life of singleness to focus on her craft. Before Christmas in 1742, she declined a marriage proposal from contemporar… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord, how glorious is thy name
Title: Psalm VIII
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: Public Domain



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