While to the grave our friends are borne

While to the grave our friends are borne

Author: Anne Steele
Published in 34 hymnals

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1 While to the grave our friends are borne,
Around their cold remains
How all the tender passions mourn,
And each fond heart complains!

2 But down to earth, alas! in vain
We bend our weeping eyes,
Ah! let us leave these seats of pain,
And upwards learn to rise.

3 Hope cheerful smiles amid the gloom,
And beams a healing ray;
And guides us from the darksome tomb,
To realms of endless day.

4 To those bright courts when hope ascends,
She calms the swelling wo;
In hope we meet our happy friends,
And tears forget to flow.

5 Then let our hearts repine no more,
That earthly comfort dies;
But lasting happiness explore,
And ask it from the skies.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #377

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: While to the grave our friends are borne
Author: Anne Steele

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #377

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #519

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #319

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #330

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #330

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #319

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d619

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Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #149

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #712

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #712

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #712

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #712

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #712

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Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #566

Parish Psalmody #d951

Parish Psalmody #d968

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Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 1 #74

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Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #421

Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d584

The Church Hymn Book #d1168

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