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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First Line: When fancy spreads her boldest wings
Author: Anne Steele

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A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d356

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #463

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #371

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #258

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #267

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #267

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #258

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #473

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Hymns for Christian Melody #82

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Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #210

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #28

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #100

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d467

The Christian Hymn Book #d684

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d686

The Christian Psalter #d630

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #238

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