'Tis wisdom, mercy, love divine

'Tis wisdom, mercy, love divine

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 11 hymnals

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1 'Tis wisdom, mercy, love divine,
Which mingles blessings with our cares;
And shall our thankless heart repine
That we obtain not all our prayers?

2 From diffidence our sorrows flow,
Short-sighted mortals, weak and blind,
Bend down their eyes to earth and wo,
And doubt if providence be kind.

3 Should heaven with every wish comply,
Say, would the grant relieve the care?
Perhaps the good for which we sigh,
Might change it's name and prove a snare.

4 Were once our vain desires subdu'd,
The will resign'd, the heart at rest;
In every scene we should conclude,
The will of heaven is right, is best.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #38

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: 'Tis wisdom, mercy, love divine
Author: Anne Steele

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #38

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #95

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #95

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #86

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #86

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #86

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #86

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