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Psalm XXVII

The Lord, my Savior, is my Light

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 13 hymnals

Representative Text

I. The Lord, my Saviour, is my light;
What terrors can my soul affright?
While God my strength, my life is near,
What potent arm shall make me fear?

II. When cruel foes, the sons of strife,
Came furious to devour my life;
Their vile designs at once o'erthrown,
Confess'd the pow'r that cast them down.

III. Should num'rous hosts besiege me round,
My steadfast heart no fear shall wound:
Tho' war should rise in dread array,
God is my strength, my hope, my stay.

IV. This only boon my heart desires,
For this my ardent wish aspires,
This will I seek with restless care,
Till God attend my humble pray'r:

V. In his own house to spend my days,
My life devoted to his praise;
There would my soul his beauties trace,
And learn the wonders of his grace.

VI. When troubles rise, my guardian God
Will hide me safe in his abode!
Firm as a rock my hope shall stand,
Sustain'd by his almighty hand.

VII. Now shall my head exalted rise
Above surrounding enemies;
While my glad off'rings to the Lord,
With grateful songs, his praise record.

VIII. Thou sacred spring of all my joys,
Whene'er I raise my plaintive voice,
O let thy sov'reign mercy hear,
And answer all my humble pray'r.

IX. When thou with condescending grace
Has bid me seek thy smiling face,
My heart replied to thy kind word,
Thee will I seek, all-gracious Lord.

X. Hide not from me thy blissful ray,
Nor angry frown my hopes away;
Thy saving help has still been near,
God of my life, renew thy care.

XI. Should ev'ry earthly friend depart,
And nature leave a parent's heart;
My God, on whom my hopes depend,
Will be my father and my friend.

XII. O teach me, Lord, thy sacred way,
Uphold my steps, nor let me stray;
While enemies and fears alarm,
Extend thy kind, thy guardian arm.

XIII. Leave not my life to impious foes,
Whose rage no sense of justice knows;
Against my innocence they rise,
And breathe out cruelty and lies.

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XIV. My hope was ready to depart,
But faith sustain'd my fainting heart;
I trusted in a gracious God,
And live to spread his praise abroad.

XV. Ye humble souls, in ev'ry strait
On God with sacred courage wait;
His hand shall life and strength afford,
O wait continual on the Lord.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #150

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, my Savior, is my Light
Title: Psalm XXVII
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #P27

Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d232

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #30

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #150

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #322

Sacred poetry #d441

Sacred Poetry #d439

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Sacred Poetry #XXVIIb

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