Aspiring Towards Heaven

Vain world, be gone, nor vex my heart

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 1 hymnal

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I. Vain world, be gone, nor vex my heart
With thy deluding wiles;
Hence, empty promiser, depart
With all thy soothing smiles.

II. Superior bliss invites my eyes,
Delight unmix'd with woe;
Now let my nobler thoughts arise,
To joys unknown below.

III. Yon starry plains, how brightly they shine,
With radiant specks of light;
Fair pavement of the course divine,
That sparkles on the sight!

IV. 'Tis distance lessens ev'ry star;
Could I behold them nigh,
Bright worlds of wonder would appear
To my astonish'd eye!

V. Thus heav'nly joys attract my eyes,
My heart the lustre warms;
But could I reach those upper skies,
How infinite their charms!

VI.Come, heav'n-born faith, and aid my flight,
And guide my rising thought,
Till earth, still less'ning to my sight,
Shall vanish quite forgot.

VII. But when to reach those blissful plains
Her utmost ardor tries,
And almost hears the charming strains
Of hymning angels rise:

VIII. Mortality, with painful load,
Forbids the raptur'd flight;
In vain she means heav'n's bright abode,
And sinks to earth and night.

IX. O let thy love, my God, my King,
My hope, my heart, inspire;
And teach my faith with stronger wing
To rise, and warm desire.

X. Oft let thy shining visits cheer
This dark abode of clay,
'Till I shall leave these fetters here,
And rise to endless day.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #139

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: Vain world, be gone, nor vex my heart
Title: Aspiring Towards Heaven
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.

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #139

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