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Divine Compassion

The Lord forgets his wonted grace

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 1 hymnal

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I. The Lord forgets his wonted grace,
Afflicted Zion said;
My God withdraws his smiling face,
Withdraws his heav'nly aid.

II. Shall the kind mother's gentle breast
No soft emotion share;
But, ev'ry tender thought supprest,
Forget her infant care?

III. The helpless child, that oft her eyes
Have watch'd with anxious thought,
While her fond breast appeas'd his cries—
And can he be forgot?

IV. Strange as it is, yet this may be,
For creature-love is frail;
But thy Creator's love to thee,
O Zion, cannot fail.

V. No, thy dear name engraven stands,
In characters of love,
On thy almighty Father's hands;
And never shall remove.

VI. Before his ever-watchful eye
Thy mournful state appears,
And ev'ry groan, and ev'ry sigh
Divine compassion hears.

VII. These anxious doubts indulge no more,
Be ev'ry fear supprest;
Unchanging truth, and love, and pow'r,
Command thy cares to rest.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #80

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: The Lord forgets his wonted grace
Title: Divine Compassion
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.