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Psalm IV

O Lord, my strength, my righteousness

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

I. O Lord, my strength, my righteousness
Attend my humble pray'r;
Oft thou hast heard me in distress,
Renew thy ancient care.

II. How long shall scoffers turn with lies
My glory into shame?
Ah cease these envious vanities,
Nor wound my injur'd name.

III. For know, the man of upright heart,
As his peculiar care,
The Lord himself has set apart,
And when I call will hear.

IV. With trembling awe your heart survey,
And ev'ry sin repent;
Let true contrition close the day,
And future guilt prevent.

V. The sacrifice the Lord will own,
If thus you seek his face,
Thus humbly bow before his throne,
And trust his pard'ning grace.

VI. Vain is the toilsome search of good
In all things here below;
Thy smile alone, my gracious God,
Can real bliss bestow.

VII. Thy smile, whence all my comfort springs,
With gladness fills my heart;
No joy increasing affluence brings,
Such pleasures can impart.

VIII. My days by thy kind presence blest,
From thee my safety flows;
Thy favour guards my nightly rest,
And gives me sweet repose.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #137

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 Lord, my strength, my righteousness
Title: Psalm IV
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #137

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