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When filled with grief, my anxious heart

When filled with grief, my anxious heart

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

I. When fill'd with grief, my anxious heart
To thee, my God, complains,
Sweet pleasure mingles with the smart,
And softens all my pains.

II. Earth flies with all her soothing charms,
Nor I the loss deplore;
No more, ye phantoms, mock my arms,
Nor teaze my spirit more.

III. I languish for superior joy
To all that earth bestows;
For pleasure which can never cloy,
Nor change, nor period knows.

IV. Still, must the scenes of bliss remain
Conceal'd from mortal eyes?
And must my wishes rise in vain,
And never reach the skies?

V. My God, O could I call thee mine
Without a wav'ring fear,
This would be happiness divine,
A heav'n of pleasure here!

VI. This joy, my wishes long to find,
To this my heart aspires,
A bliss, immortal as the mind,
And vast as its desires!

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #141

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: When filled with grief, my anxious heart
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Place of Origin: Broughton, Hampshire, England
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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