God's Absence Deprecated

O thou whose mercy hears

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 42 hymnals

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1 O thou whose mercy hears
Contrition's humble sigh,
Whose hand indulgent wipes the tears
From Sorrow's weeping eye;

2 See, at thy throne of grace,
A wretched wanderer mourn:
Hast thou not bid me seek thy face?
Hast thou not said, "Return"?

3 Shall guilty fears prevail
To drive me from thy feet?
O let not this last refuge fail,
This only safe retreat.

4 Absent from thee, my Light,
Without one cheering ray,
Through dangers, fears, and gloomy night,
How desolate my way!

5 On this benighted heart
With beams of mercy shine,
And let thy voice again impart
A taste of joy divine.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #585

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 thou whose mercy hears
Title: God's Absence Deprecated
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #874

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCX

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #280

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #217

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms #210

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A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #233

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #372

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Devotional hymns #226

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Evangelical Musick #42b

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #367

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #367

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #553

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #553

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Hymns for Sunday Schools #140

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #368

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #368

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #432

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #874

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d829

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Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #a313

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New Hymn and Tune book #221d

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New Hymn and Tune Book #221d

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d607

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The Book of Worship #360

The Choral #d159

The Christian Hymn Book #d483

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d487

The Christian Lyre #d306

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The Christian Psalmist #247

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The Heart and Voice #233a

The Imperial Harmony #d200

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The Jubilee Harp #313

The Message Bird #d60

The Millennial Chorister #d69

The Modern Harp #d186

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The Psalmody #1192

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #585

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