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The wondering nations have beheld

The wondering nations have beheld

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

I. The wondring nations have beheld
The sacred prophecy fulfill'd,
And angels hail'd the glorious morn
That saw the great Messiah born:

II. The prince! the Savior! long desir'd,
Whom prophets taught, by heav'n inspir'd,
And shew'd far off the blissful day;
Rise o'er the world with healing ray.

III. Oft in the temples of his grace
His saints behold his smiling face,
And oft have seen his glory shine,
With pow'r and majesty divine:

IV. But soon alas! his absence mourn,
And pray and wish his kind return;
Without his life-inspiring light,
'Tis all a scene of gloomy night.'

V. Come, dearest Lord, thy children cry,
Our graces droop, our comforts die;
Return, and let thy glories rise,
Again to our admiring eyes:

VI. 'Till fill'd with light, and joy, and love,
Thy courts below, like those above,
Triumphant hallelujahs raise,
And heav'n and earth resound thy praise.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #109

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 wondering nations have beheld
Author: Anne Steele



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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #404

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d220

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Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d198


Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #109

The American Repository of Sacred Music #d152

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The Baptist Hymn Book #860

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The Baptist Hymn Book #547

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1122

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d214

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