When fancy spreads her boldest wings

When fancy spreads her boldest wings

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 23 hymnals

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I. When fancy spreads her boldest wings,
And wanders unconfin'd,
Amid th'unbounded scene of things
Which entertain the mind:

II. in vain I trace creation o'er,
In search of sacred rest;
The whole creation is too poor,
Too mean, to make me blest.

III. In vain would this low world employ,
Each flatt'ring specious wile;
There's nought can yield a real joy,
But my Creator's smile.

IV. Let earth and all her charms depart,
Unworthy of the mind;
In God alone, this restless heart
An equal bliss can find.

V. Great spring of all felicity,
To whom my wishes tend,
Do not these wishes rise from thee,
And in thy favour end?

VI. Thy favour, Lord, is all I want,
Here would my spirit rest;
O seal the rich, the boundless grant,
And make me fully blest.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #100

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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A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d356
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #463Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #371Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #258Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #267Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #267Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #258Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #473Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #82Page Scan
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #210Page Scan
Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #28Page Scan
Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #100Text
Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d467
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d524
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d522
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #IVaPage Scan
Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d325
Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d462
The Christian Hymn Book #d684
The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d686
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #34Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d630
The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #238Page Scan
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