Permit me, Lord, to seek Thy face

Permit me, Lord, to seek Thy face

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 34 hymnals

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I. Permit me, Lord, to seek thy face,
Obedient to thy call,
To seek the presence of thy grace,
My strength, my life, my all.

II. All I can wish is thine to give;
My God, I ask thy love,
That greatest bliss I can receive,
That bliss of heav'n above.

III. In these dark scenes of pain and woe,
What can my spirit find?
No happiness can dwell below,
To fill th' immortal mind.

IV. To heav'n my restless heart aspires:
O for a quick'ning ray,
T' invigorate my faint desires,
And cheer the tiresome way.

V. The path to thy divine abode,
Through a wild desert lies;
A thousand snares beset the road,
A thousand terrors rise.

VI. Satan and sin unite their art,
To keep me from my Lord:
Dear Saviour, guard my trembling heart,
And guide me by thy word.

VII. Whene'er the tempting foe alarms,
Or spreads the fatal snare,
I'll fly to my Redeemer's arms,
For safety must be there.

VIII. My guardian, my almighty friend,
On thee, my soul would rest;
On thee alone, my hopes depend,
Be near, and I am blest.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #72

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: Permit me, Lord, to seek Thy face
Author: Anne Steele



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