To Mr. Hervey, On his Theron and Aspasio

O sent by heav'n, to teach the Saviour's praise

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 1 hymnal

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I. O sent by heav'n, to teach the Saviour's praise,
And bid our hearts with pure devotion glow!
Truth shines around thee, with distinguish'd rays,
And all graces in thy language flow.

II. Here beauteous landskips spread their various charms,
The mind inspiring with delight serene;
With pleasing pow'r while sacred friendship warms,
And blest religion crowns the lovely scene.

III. Now deeply humbled, self-abas'd, we read
The abject state of Adam's wretched race;
Now smiling hope lifts up her chearful head,
And faith adores immeasurable grace.

IV. What glories in our great Immanuel shine!
How rich, how free, how full his merits rise!
The curse remov'd, fulfill'd the law divine;
For rebels he obeys, for traitors dies.

V. His righteousness, (immortal robe!) he gives
To cloath the naked; while his flowing blood
Pours healing balm, the wounded sinner lives
To speak the honours of the Savior God.

VI. In him, what countless, endless wonders meet!
Truth, justice, mercy, reconcil'd appear:
His name, how precious! how divinely sweet!
Joy to the heart, and music to the ear.

VII. O Hervey, be thy pleasing labours crown'd
With bliss beyond the low rewards of fame!
Such joy be thine, as thy Aspasio found,
While many a Theron owns the Saviour's name.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #69

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 sent by heav'n, to teach the Saviour's praise
Title: To Mr. Hervey, On his Theron and Aspasio
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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