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Should nature's charms to please the eye

Should nature's charms to please the eye

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

I. Should nature's charms, to please the eye,
In sweet assemblage join,
All nature's charms would droop and die,
Jesus, compar'd with thine.

II. Vain were her fairest beams display'd,
And vain her blooming store;
Ev'n brightness languishes to shade,
And beauty is no more.

III. But ah, how far from mortal sight,
The Lord of glory dwells!
A veil of interposing night
His radiant face conceals.

IV. O could my longing spirit rise
On strong immortal wing.
And reach thy palace in the skies,
My Saviour, and my King!

V. There myriads worship at thy feet,
And there, (divine employ!)
The triumphs of thy repeat,
In songs of endless joy.

VI. Thy presence beams eternal day,
O'er all the blissful place;
Who would not drop this load of clay,
And die to see thy face?

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #155

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: Should nature's charms to please the eye
Author: Anne Steele
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)
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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #180

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d198

Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d210

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention #200


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #155

Sacred poetry #d410

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Sacred Poetry #aH.CCXXV

Sacred Poetry #d408

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Sacred Poetry #H.CCXXV

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Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre #H200

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The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book #H200

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #171

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The New Hymn Book, Designed for Universalist Societies #171

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